BCCI Domestic Cricketers Payments – BCCI again ignores 700 domestic cricketers, treasurer says ‘we will discuss the payment issue some other time’: It seems BCCI doesn’t care much of the plight of their domestic cricketers. More than 700 cricketers were desperately waiting for the BCCI SGM for a decision to release their compensations – but surprisingly the matter did not even come for the discussion.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said a call on the compensation for Ranji Trophy will be taken later as the board needs to discuss the matter with state associations, which are better equipped to understand the domestic cricketers’ financial situation.
“The SGM was regarding IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup that has been discussed. But the compensation part needs a separate meeting. We have to discuss that with state associations before coming to a decision,” Arun Dhumal told InsideSport.
BCCI Domestic Cricketers Payments: As expected, in the BCCI SGM matter of pending games of IPL 2021 took the precedence, but wasn’t expected that matter about the compensation of the domestic cricketers will not at all be discussed.
The domestic players like last season were left empty-handed as the BCCI refused to discuss the players’ compensation for lost tournaments including the Ranji Trophy 2020-21.
“We have lost so much of cricket due to the pandemic and it has affected many financially. I am fortunate that I have a government job but still, it has taken a toll on players like me with no IPL contract,” V.Koushik who plays for Karanataka in the Ranji Trophy told InsideSport.
- With the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzing the Indian domestic cricket season, many players and state associations demanded compensation for the lost cricket as many players depend on the payment to survive.
- While a decision on the players’ compensation was expected on Saturday’s SGM, when Haryana Cricket Association raised the issue, it was shot down by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Vice President Rajeev Shukla according to the information available with InsideSport.co
BCCI Domestic Cricketers Payments: Many players survive solely on domestic cricket, especially Ranji Trophy as it pays the most. While two white-ball tournaments (Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali) were conducted, it is the Ranji Trophy that has put many cricketers in a precarious condition.
Furthermore, the absence of state T20 leagues such as Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has also made it difficult for them. It was a platform for junior cricketers to come through.
“Tournaments like KPL were like launchpads for us. We used to get paid well and also used that as a platform to get selected for state teams and even IPL. But without that, it has become difficult. It feels like we are losing the flow,” added Koushik, who also came through KPL.
BCCI Domestic Cricketers Payments: Cricketers bat for state contracts:
Besides Koushik, there are over 700 domestic cricketers who are left in the lurch without an IPL contract. In such a situation, a state contract would have been ideal as they would have guaranteed financial security.
A Gujarat cricketer told InsideSport that he hoped BCCI to take a call soon.
“State contract will be very beneficial for cricketers coming from a humble background. We can play much better cricket without much thoughts on financial benefits which are taken care of,” another Karnataka cricketer told InsideSport.
A senior Bengal cricketer, who wished to remain anonymous, also echoed similar sentiments. “We had a short domestic season. We had both white-ball tournaments but Ranji is important. I hope it happens soon this year. A state contract would be really helpful,” he told InsideSport.
As for Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season, he refused to rule out, saying that there is still 3-4 months left and a decision can be taken in due course depending on the COVID situation in the country.