BCCI Released Prize Money For 15 Members Of Women's T20 World Cup Team
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BCCI Released Prize Money For 15 Members Of Women’s T20 World Cup Team

BCCI finally released the prize money of all the 15 members of India’s women’s T20 World Cup team which finished as the runner-up in the 2020 edition in Australia “around eight-nine days back” as the India women’s team received a big boost just before they left for the England tour earlier this week.

Apart from that, the BCCI has also given the players the match fees for the home series against South Africa too, which was played in March this year.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Cleared Payments Of Women Players’ Prize Money For T20 World Cup As Well As The Home Series Against South Africa

Amid increasing pressure from almost everywhere, the BCCI had earlier promised to pay the Indian Women’s team’s prize money for their participation in the 2020 T20 Women’s World Cup. India performed exceptionally well in the last Women’s T20 edition in Australia, reaching the final before losing to the hosts in Melbourne.

“The BCCI had last month asked all the members of the Indian women’s team to send an invoice to claim their prize money for the T20 World Cup, as well as the home series against SA.Once the players raised the invoices, we cleared their payment within a day or two. Thus, all the dues of the women’s team have now been cleared,” a reliable source in the Board told this paper.

Harmanpreet Kaur WILLIAM WEST / AFP
Harmanpreet Kaur WILLIAM WEST / AFP

Apparently, each player has received approximately $26,000 as prize money for the 2020 T20 World Cup, in which India, captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, made it to the final for the first time, before losing to hosts Australia in the summit clash on March 8 last year.

Clearly, the BCCI was forced to swing into action after The Telegraph in the UK reported last month that the Indian women’s team was yet to receive the prize money from the T20 World Cup. The story had created a furore.

BCCI Gained Unwanted Reputation For Delaying Payments

The BCCI has gained an unwanted reputation for delaying payments on various fronts. Recently, it had emerged that the entire support staff of the Jammu and Kashmir team for the 2019-20 domestic season – including former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who was their mentor, were yet to receive their remuneration.

Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)
Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)

Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan revealed that when he joined Jammu and Kashmir cricket team as mentor-cum-coach, he had three different contracts that would have given him hefty money. Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) roped in Irfan Pathan to play the role of player-cum-mentor for the state’s senior team in 2018. Then the state team decided to extend his services by one year in 2019.

In his two seasons at J&K — first, as a player-mentor and then a mentor — the side has emerged from a period of struggle to advance to the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time in six years. In this campaign, the team won six matches outright to top Group C; there has been an undeniable improvement.