India U19 Team Face Cash Crunch As Players Left With No Money
There is no end to problems of India Under 19 team as the team has suffered another shock. The players and the officials are yet to receive their daily allowance, including the coach Rahul Dravid, as per a report in The Indian Express.
The situation has been created after there is no official signatory in the board. The former Secretary of the board was sacked from BCCI along with Anurag Thakur after an order from the Supreme Court of India on January 2.
Currently, BCCI does not have an official signatory who can pass the order to disburse the funds for the team, which has now resulted in a situation where players themselves have to pay for the dinner. In the worst case, some players are also depending on their parents to deal with the situation.
“We have decided that once the series gets over, we will send DA directly to the accounts of players and support staff. Even in BCCI, there are lots of problems, as we don’t have a signatory and we can’t pay anyone,” a BCCI official said.
“We are managing somehow. During match-days, one meal is organised by the host association and breakfast is complimentary at the hotel. But the biggest problem is dinner. We are put up in a posh hotel in Mumbai where a sandwich costs over Rs 1,500. Players have no option but to step out for a meal after a tiring day on the field,” a member of India’s U-19 team stated.
However, the national players who are currently in Hyderabad to face Bangladesh from February 9 are facing no such issues. The four-member committee headed by Vinod Rai has directed the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to take care of the national team.
Currently, India U19 team is playing the five-match Youth ODI series by a margin of 3-1 with the fifth and the final match underway at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Two Youth Test match series will follow the ODIs.
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