In what is a wonderful initiative, the Cricket Board in Delhi has decided to distribute the prize money they received from the recently concluded IPL among their staff members.

The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), along with the Karnataka State Cricket Association were named the ‘Best Ground and Pitch’ for the recently concluded IPL.

Both cricket boards received a total sum of Rs 25 lakh for having the best facilities in the ground and also maintaining a high standard of the outfield and pitch.

This amount was distributed equally between both the boards and the DDCA received their share of Rs. 12.5 lakh earlier this week.

And it is now understood that the board has decided to distribute the cash prize among all its ground-staff.

Justice Mukul Mudgal, the observer of the DDCA during the T20 tournament has also given a go-ahead for this distribution.

“We have received the official approval from Justice Mudgal so that we can divide the entire prize money amount among the ground staff as well as the general staff, who worked tirelessly during the IPL to make it a success,” DDCA Head of Cricket Operations Siddharth Verma told PTI on Tuesday (July 5).

Ankit Dutta, the curator at the Feroz Shah Kotla received great praise from current Indian test skipper Virat Kohli during South Africa’s tour of India and his efforts in the IPL have earned him a share of Rs. 1 lakh from this prize money.

Our young curator Ankit deserves special mention for the effort he has put in and will be rewarded with Rs 1 lakh,” Verma added.

It was also revealed that the ground has a set of 11 members as a permanent staff at the stadium and the 11 of them were paid an amount of Rs. 40,000 each as their share of the prize money.

To add to it, a group of 7 temporary ground staff were employed during the competition and the 7 of them are reportedly paid Rs. 30,000 each for their efforts.

Two helpers, as they are called, who were also a part of the ground staff for the tournament were paid Rs. 20,000 each from the prize money.

And in what is a first ever move, 92 DDCA general staff will also be paid Rs 5000 each for their contribution towards the smooth running of the Indian Premier League.

This is an initiative every entity in the country should take as it can help increase the revenue and also helps the ground staff work harder on the grounds.


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