Many First-Class Players are Still Awaiting their Dues from the Last Season
There is a lot of speculations over the proposed pay hike of the Indian players; however many first-class players haven’t received their dues for the 2016-17 season which got over in March. As reported by TOI many players from various states such as Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Hyderabad and a few others have either got only a part of their fees or haven’t received it at all.
A first-class cricketer gets Rs 40000 for a Ranji match excluding the daily allowances which is cleared the respective state associations. While a cricketer is paid Rs 10000 for One-Day games (Vijay Hazare Trophy) and Rs 5000 for Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament ( 20 over format).
While a source from the Assam State Association admitted that they haven’t received their dues for the entire season, while it is learned that the Orissa players only received the Ranji Trophy dues.
“It’s been quite difficult for players. Many have got their Ranji Trophy dues only a week back. There are a lot of them who rely heavily on this income. We don’t know why there is a delay in payments. We haven’t yet got our Vijay Hazare and T20 tournament salaries,” a source from the Orissa State Association revealed.
However, the players are clueless about the reason for the delay and are not aware of whom to approach.
“Last year, the players had to be on the road for a long time. It’s been very difficult. There are differences in the daily allowance that’s been paid by various associations too. There is no uniformity,” the players from Assam and Tripura said.
However, it is also learned that certain associations which have ensured that the players get paid directly by the BCCI with regards to match fee.
“After all that has happened (Lodha-BCCI issue), there are a few associations which have passed on the bank account details of the players to the Board. And the players have started receiving their payments directly from BCCI. At any cost, the players should not suffer,” a top official stated.
A top BCCI official mentioned that the delay is due to certain issues with reimbursement and voucher issues.
“The BCCI is trying to formalize the payment procedures and to make direct payment to the players. A few teams have got payments, some haven’t and some partially. There are some issues with regards to reimbursement procedures and voucher claims on various fronts. It’s been addressed to and the players will get their dues soon,” the official signed off.
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