Amid the ongoing coronavirus crises, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who is the world’s richest cricket board, has not paid some of the centrally contracted players their dues for close to 10 months now, as per reports.
According to The Indian Express, eight contracted players have confirmed the newspaper that they haven’t received the first of the quarterly installments due since October last year. As per the reports, BCCI has also not paid them the match fees for the two Tests, nine ODIs and eight T20 games that the national team has played since December 2019.
BCCI has no Chief Financial officer since December:
According to the BCCI source, the delay in the payment is because of the vacant position of the authorities assigned for the disbursed. The board has not had a Chief Financial officer since December, and a Chief Executive Officer and General Manager (Cricket Operations) since last month.
“These crucial administrative positions haven’t been filled after the contract of the previous functionaries weren’t extended by the present dispensation,” said sources as quoted by The Indian Express.
Moreover, the tenure of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has also already ended last week. The board has asked the Supreme Court to remove the cooling-off period so that a former Indian cricketer could resume its duty. However, the apex court will give the final decision on 17th August. So, there is uncertainty at the helm.
However, before players’ claim, whenever BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has been asked about pay cuts of players amid the crises, he has denied any such move.
There is no clarity: a senior cricketer
Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior India cricketer said the board usually asks the players to raise invoices for contract dues every three months but since the new contract has been announced, the players have been credited the sum of money for match fee.
“But this time, we haven’t heard from them since the new list of contracted cricketers was announced. The BCCI used to pay the contract money in four installments but now we don’t know when the payment will come. There is no clarity. Last month, we were asked to raise the invoice for the New Zealand tour in February. The money hasn’t been credited yet,” said the cricketer, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Earlier in January, BCCI had released 27 men new contracts where Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were listed in A+. On the other hand, MS Dhoni’s name was not in the contract.
The Grade A+ cricketer gets Rs. 7 crore annually while the other regulars in grades A, B and C get Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively. The match fees for each Test, ODI and T20 are Rs 15 lakh, Rs 6 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, respectively.
As per The Indian Express, the first class and age group cricketer from several states have informed that the “full settlement” for the last season hasn’t been done.