Dravid voices concern over disparity in prize money

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In a public statement reported by BCCI's Supreme Court-named Committee of Administrators on February 3, the Board had allocated Rs 50 lakh to Dravid, while proclaiming that whatever is left of the care staff - Bowling mentor Paras Mhambrey, Fielding mentor Abhay Sharma, Physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, Trainer Anand Date, Masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and Video examiner Devraj Raut - would each get Rs 20 lakh. While it might be good for the Under-19 team and boost our chances of winning the World Cup, but I am not sure that is the best thing for them and Indian cricket, " he said during a press conference here on Monday. Their coaches mentioned to me so many times that the standard of cricket we have seen your guys play is a benchmark for a lot of us.

I particularly like the insistence on playing only one Under-19 World Cup. As a coach there are only so much we can do, at the end of the day, as a coach, you are dependent on the execution of the players.

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Though Rahul Dravid has not taken the due credit he deserves, he has won the hearts of many from across the world not just for his role but for his humility towards his fellow human beings. But we made a conscious decision not to pick them up for this World Cup as I felt it will be better for them to play under-23 cricket and senior men's cricket. "Six years down the line, the debatable point is who won that final", Dravid said.

Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Dravid pose with the U-19 World CupWhat's the story? They are the ones who have put in the hours.

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"The real satisfaction, in my opinion, is the process that was followed over the last 14-16 months, the whole planning and preparation that has gone into, not necessarily for this World Cup, but for developing the U-19 players", he said. We put in a lot of practice and the support staff helped us a lot. While World Cup glory may have eluded him during his playing career, there is no doubting the fact that he is one of the greatest cricketers to ever grace the game.

It's a different feeling and I'm proud to represent India.

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The coach said the boys will have to play the first class cricket from now on with an aim to be selected to the national team. Dravid doesn't like players have a pass at the opponents after winning so he informed his players in advance. Be it U-19 or any other age group, we have tournaments and guidance in place to groom talented youngsters. "They are the ones who stand up in such pressure games, credit is entirely theirs", Dravid added.

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