New Delhi, May 9 (PTI): Nine Indian cricketers, including skipper Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, earned over Rs 77 lakh each from logo money, tour fees and prize money during the World Cup in South Africa.
The total earning of the 15-member team and the support staff amounted to a whopping Rs 11.46 crore from the tournament, sports minister Vikram Verma, quoting information from the cricket board, told the Rajya Sabha today.
Six players — Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Mongia and Javagal Srinath — got Rs 77,29,862 each, while spinner Harbhajan Singh bagged Rs 76,77,662.
Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra and leg spinner Anil Kumble’s earnings were Rs 76,25,462 and Rs 73,12,262, respectively.
Sanjay Bangar, Parthiv Patel and Ajit Agarkar, who did not feature in even a single match, got Rs 71,55,662 each.
While the tour fee for each player was Rs 25 lakh, every cricketer got Rs 30,76,612.50 as prize money.
Team manager Jyoti Bajpai and his assistant N. Venkata got Rs 5 lakh each from tour fees, Verma said.