Cricketing world’s richest board, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), has quite reputed to be one of the highest salary payers as compared to other cricket boards. BCCI may be controversy pone due to various reasons, but it has always been quite error-free when it comes to salary payments to its players. It ensures that their assets (players) do not have anything else to worry about when representing the country.
But, that being said, it seems BCCI missed mark while trying to ensure the same level of pampering for their other assets vis a vis match officials and analysts.
If reports Indian Express is true, the match officials, scorers and video analysts currently working in domestic matches this season are yet to receive their daily allowances. In all a total of 115 umpires, 62 match referees, 170 video analysts, and 150 scorers are currently ensuring smooth functioning of the domestic calendar which commenced with the Duleep Trophy and is ongoing with the Ranji Trophy.
It is understood that these employees are entitled to get Rs 750 as daily allowance but haven’t received any payment till date for unknown reasons. It has come as a surprise for the officials and their associates as the board usually is quite prompt with regards to reimbursing these expenses.
While typically, it takes a few days to get the payments settled, this year, the board has not cleared the allowances even after a month.
“The board needs to understand that video analysts and scorers don’t come from big families. Many of them do small jobs to earn a living. I was asked to do three back-to-back matches. It will be tough for me to spend money for the next 20 days’ trip,” a video analyst said.
The officials don’t wish to speak about the issue as it may upset BCCI openly.
The BCCI conducts two-day seminars for umpires, match referees, video analysts and scorers at various academies in India two days before the start of every season. The video analysts and scorers this year met in mid-September in the special academy at Nagpur.
These individuals are allowed second-AC railway fare, but they have to make their arrangement.
As per the old rule, the money would be reimbursed daily allowance in cash to each official on the first day of the match. However, according to the new rule, BCCI has decided to pay all daily allowance online to match officials.
A match referee sought the opportunity to urge for an increase in quota for allowances. He stated, that expenses incurred are quite high as the board keeps match referees and umpires in five-star hotels where normally food is costlier.
“The other day, I paid Rs 1,200 for curd rice. There are state players who get Rs 1,500 and we get half of it. The board was never like this before. Many of us are on the road for the past three weeks,” a match referee said.
The Goods and Services Tax is being told as one of the possible reasons behind the delay, but there was no official word from the BCCI nor its officials.