The members of the Indian women’s cricket team in West Indies were stranded without any cash and the matter was only solved after the intervention from new office bearers. As per a report in IANS, the board did not transfer the funds into the accounts of the cricketers in the Caribbean islands. The process had started last month and the funds should have been transferred but despite reminders, the money wasn’t sent.
“For all the talks of process and smooth sailing under the CoA, we have a scenario where the girls were in a foreign land without cash. Who is responsible? If the whole process was started by the finance people as early as September 18, why did the completion of documentation take till October 24? Had it not been for the promptness shown by the new office bearers, we would have seen the girls struggling without allowance,” a functionary quoted as saying by IANS.
This is a first in Indian cricket that a team has been left stranded without any cash on the foreign soil.
However, this isn’t the first time when Saba Karim, BCCI’s GM Cricket Operations, has been under the scanner. Earlier, he was in the spotlight for the process which was followed to appoint support staff for the women’s cricket team. As per reports, the questions that were asked were vague and not related to the game.
The process was opposite to what was followed for the appointment of the coaches for the men’s team. Diana Edulji, the member of now-defunct COA, had also slammed Saba for the procedure which was followed.
The India tour of West Indies kicks off tomorrow with the first ODI to be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua. The next two ODIs will also be played at the same venue on November 3 and .6.
After the ODIs, the two teams will play five T20Is, starting November 9. Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia will host the first two T20Is before the action will move to Providence Stadium in Guyana for the final three matches.