In a bid to make the longest format more attractive, the BCCI has decided to double the Indian players' Test match fees.
Currently, the Test players representing India get INR 7 lakh but now Virat Kohli and his test team members will be drawing a salary of INR 15 lakh per game.
The reserve players' fees has also been doubled to Rs 7 lakh per game.
"We have doubled the match fees as we think Test cricket has to be given priority," BCCI president Anurag Thakur told Indian Express.
"We have had discussions to make Test cricket popular and lucrative among the new generation. If we need to keep the players' interest in Tests alive, we'll have to ensure that Test players are better paid. We can't shy away from the trend [of being attracted to well-paying T20 leagues] that we are witnessing among new cricketers," he added.