The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to disburse the payments of a number of players from the Indian cricket team, after their arduous 13-Test long home season, reported the Indian Express.
In the 2016-17 season, before the IPL started in the first week on April, India played 13 Tests and recorded series wins over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. [Read also: Dejected Shakib says he is on a ‘holiday’]
The BCCI pays Rs 15 lakh to each member in the playing XI for a Test match and Rs 7 lakh each for those on the bench. In the past, players used to get their cheques within two months of the completion of a Test.
“Usually, we get our dues within a month or 15 days of a Test match but this time, the delay has been long. We don’t know what the reason is but such delays have never happened earlier,” a regular Team India cricketer, seeking anonymity, revealed.
Sources said the delay is due to the stand-off between the Supreme Court-mandated CoA, which is in charge of the BCCI’s functioning, and the board’s office-bearers who remain signatories for cheque payments.
“The payment is delayed because of various issues. The BCCI didn’t have the official signatory in February and later there was confusion over whether Amitabh Choudhary (acting secretary) can clear these payments because only the secretary can give all approvals. As for the women’s payments, their agreement with BCCI is yet to be signed and once it is officially done, their payment will be released,” said a top BCCI official.
The women’s cricket team, who are yet to sign an agreement with BCCI, have not received their dues either. Usually each woman player gets Rs 1 lakh per series.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com