For the India cricket team past six months have been extremely rewarding on the field. Complete whitewash of New Zealand and England at home. Decimation of Australia. That is the story of Team India for the season preceding the Indian Premier League. We all know.
What we don’t know is the fact that richest cricket body in the world has not paid the match fee for this period to its national team members. Courtesy, the operational hurdles after the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators has taken the BCCI reigns from office bearers and face-off in the ICC over revenue share.
Even the members of the Indian women cricket team are awaiting their fee cheques for this period, Devendra Pandey has reported for Indian Express. Each women team member gets Rs 1 lakh per series. The men’s team members in the XI get Rs 15 lakh per match. Those on the bench receive Rs 7 lakh.
“Usually, we get our dues within a month or 15 days of a Test match but this time, the delay has been long. We don’t know what the reason is but such delays have never happened earlier,” Indian Express has quoted a player from the Virat Kohli-led Test side as saying. The delay is due to the stand-off between the CoA, which is in charge of the BCCI’s functioning, and the board’s office-bearers who remain signatories for cheque payments.
Sources said the board’s long engagement with the ICC over distribution of revenue has also played a role in the delay. “The payment is delayed because of various issues. The BCCI didn’t have the official signatory in February and later there was confusion over whether Amitabh Choudhary (acting secretary) can clear these payments because only the secretary can give all approvals. As for the women’s payments, their agreement with BCCI is yet to be signed and once it is officially done, their payment will be released,” said a top BCCI official.
Last month, the CoA had brought in a new system whereby all cricketers — domestic or international — would receive their fee through online wire transfers.