Ranji Trophy players still unpaid for 2016-17 season
August 25th, 2017
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In a startling revelation for cricket lovers, it has emerged that a majority of the domestic players in India are yet to receive their fixed share of match fee for the previous season. The 2017-18 Ranji season is all set to begin soon and players are yet to be played for their performance and participation in the 2016-17 season.
A severe “lack of funds” has been cited as the reason. Stemming from the stalemate in the proceedings between the BCCI and the Supreme Court’s administrative reforms. The failure to implement court guidelines has resulted in a depletion of necessary funds.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) set up by the Supreme Court has blocked funds going into all the states who have failed to enforce the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel.
The real victims of this are definitely the junior players throughout India. With no other fixed source of income, the failure to receive their dues from a sport as well-funded as cricket is certainly a cause for concern.
It is pertinent to remember that a warning of sorts was given before funds were blocked to the State cricket associations. The Vinod-Rai led CoA had issued a notice saying that until the Lodha committee guidelines were put in place, money to the associations would either be stopped completely or be directly transferred to the respective players.
The system currently in place sees the state association paying its players Rs 10,000 on the mornings of their matches, a part of their fee, which is aimed at taking care of their off-field expenses and costs. The BCCI reimburses the state associations later.
According to DNA, this blockage of funds has seen associations of states like Tamil Nadu who have paid their players from the association’s own money. On the other hand, however, there are associations like Hyderabad who depend completely on the BCCI for their funds.
When asked to comment on the situation, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that money would be transferred directly to the players “soon” but he too neglected to mention an exact date.
“This matter was taken up during our recent meetings and it was decided to bypass the states and make payment directly to players,” Choudhary added.