BCCI has not paid Indian cricketers’ salary for ten months
As everyone knows, the richest cricket board in the world is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But this rich cricket board has given birth to a surprising phenomenon. The cricketers of India national team have not been paid by the board for the last 10 months.
Indian cricketers have not received any money from the board since October last year. The Indian board has already promised to pay the first of the four installments of the 27 cricketers under the central contract. But the contracted players did not get a single penny.
Not only the contract money, but also the match fees for 2 Tests, 9 ODIs and 8 Twenty20 matches played since last December have not gone to the cricketers’ bank accounts. Apart from national cricketers, domestic cricketers are also facing pay issues. India’s leading news outlet Indian Express reports this information.
Under the central contract, A +, A, B and C – Indian cricketers receive an annual salary of Rs 7 crore, Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore in these four categories respectively. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are in the highest category of Rs 7 crore. But as they have not received any money for the last ten months, their total debt stands at Rs 99 crore.
According to the BCCI’s latest balance sheet, they have Rs 5,526 crore in their bank accounts till March 2018. Of this, Rs 2,992 crore is again a fixed deposit. In April 2018, the company signed an agreement with Star TV worth Rs 6,138 crore.
However, after depositing so much money in the bank, the BCCI did not deposit the salaries of the contracted cricketers in their accounts. India Express tried to contact the treasurer of the board Arun Dhumal in this regard. But he did not answer any phone call or text message.
An experienced cricketer from the Indian cricket team, who did not want to be named, told the Indian Express:
“We were paid every three months. But this time we know nothing so far. There is no news after the release of the new list of central agreements. We don’t know when the remuneration will come. We have no clear message. Last month there was talk of a New Zealand series fee in February. But that money has not come yet.”
Not only the national team, but also many domestic cricketers from Jharkhand, Mumbai, Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Pondicherry, Baroda, Railways, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh did not get their full money last season. However, according to the BCCI’s website, all the provincial boards have been given Rs 10 crore.