Indian domestic cricketers not paid match fees for 2019-20 season
Sourav Ganguly assured the cricketers about salary after being elected as the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The former captain said the pay structure of local cricket would be improved.
Everyone’s income will increase. But the coronavirus infection and lockdown is disproving Ganguly’s assurances. Apart from the extra income, the cricketers did not get the money they deserved.
According to a report in the Times of India, after playing Ranji Trophy and Mushtaq Trophy, many cricketers have not yet got what they deserve. The newspaper contacted many cricketers and found out that many cricketers were in danger in lockdown as they did not get the money for the competition which ended in March. A cricketer gets Rs 35,000 per day in Ranji Trophy. And in Mushtaq Ali Trophy it is Rs 17,500 per match. Cricketers are expected to earn around Rs 13 lakh if they play the Ranji Trophy for the entire season. But this time many cricketers did not get that.
Sources said Mumbai, Maharashtra, Bengal and Tripura and many more teams have not yet got the match fee. In the case of Maharashtra, the matter is more complicated. BCCI is not giving money to this state without any reason.
“We haven’t received our match fees for the 2019-20 season,” said a Maharashtra player. “We also haven’t received the revenue component for the last three seasons.” Other players also acknowledged this claim.
In addition to the match fee from the board, the cricketers are to receive a share of the BCCI’s dividend. But the cricketers are not getting it from the 2016/17 season. Talking about the financial crisis in the lockdown, one cricketer said,
“All this money could’ve helped us sail through the lockdown. The BCCI and the state associations must realise that we’ve already lost out on the chance to go overseas and play and earn money this season. There’s no clarity on the IPL, and may domestic players don’t play in it. So, many players depend on domestic match fee for their survival.”
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said the error was due to a technical problem. “The technical issue could be that we may not have received the invoices from some state associations. We have even released the prize money for winning the Ranji Trophy (Rs 2 crore) to Saurashtra and Bengal (Rs 1 cr) for finishing as the runners-up in that competition. Now, the Ranji final in March was the last domestic game of the season. There must be some technical issues with regards to verification (of the invoices received from the state associations), otherwise we have released payments of all the domestic players after receiving invoices from the respective state units,” he said.