The Indian women cricket team was stuck in the West Indies without daily allowances, but the new executive in the Board of Control for Cricket India acted promptly to help the girls.
The team was reportedly sent on the tour for three One Day and five T20 Internationals without sanctioning the daily allowances. As the girls were in a fix, new BCCI office-bearers acted promptly to transfer the funds to the players’ accounts.
The money has reportedly been transferred yesterday (Wednesday).
A BCCI functionary has blamed the CoA and GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim, who is also in charge for women’s cricket. The functionary had told news agency IANS that the financial process started under the Committee of Administrators (CoA) around September 18 and Karim was also sent the initial mail for approval around September 23 and despite that, there was no development on the matter till October 24.
Saba Karim’s approach to allowing the girls to leave without daily allowances is being questioned.
“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,” the functionary has told IANs.
“If my calculation is right, Karim was sent the first mail for approval on September 23. The reminder was then sent to him on September 25. And a second reminder had to be sent to him again on October 24 when he finally sent an email to the CFO for approval. Is this the kind of professional set-up that the CoA time and again spoke of?” questioned another functionary.