Mumbai: In a shocking turn of events, skipper Virat Kohli-led triumphant Team India is yet to receive the promised match fees! The members of Indian cricket team are reportedly still waiting for their match fees and Rs 1-crore incentive which was promised to them for the extremely successful six-month home season.
And who is to blame? According to a news paper report, this is due to a tussle between the Committee of Administrators and BCCI office-bearers, and the board’s face-off with the ICC over revenue.
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The winning streak that Virat Kohli and team affected was spectacular indeed. In the 2016-17 season, India played 13 Tests and won series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. As per the report, the board has paid Rs 15 lakh to each member in the playing XI for a Test match and Rs 7 lakh each for those sitting on the bench. Earlier, players used to get cheques within two months after a Test match was completed.
And this is not restricted to Team India. Not only the men’s team, but women’s team is also waiting for their fee cheques. Each member gets Rs 1 lakh per series. The paper also quoted a regular member of Virat Kohli-led Test side through last season as saying that usually the players get dues within a month or 15 days of a Test match but the delay, this time has been long. “We don’t know what the reason is but such delays have never happened earlier,” he was quoted as saying.
As per a top BCCI official, the payment was delayed due to several factors. “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,” he told the paper.
In March, the CoA had brought out a new system in which all cricketers, be it international or domestic, would receive their match fee through online wire transfers.