Indian domestic players yet to receive 2016-17 season dues

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Indian domestic players yet to receive 2016-17 season dues

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SportsCafe Desk


Many players from various states such as Odisha, Assam, and Hyderabad haven't received their fees for the 2016-17 domestic season. While Odisha players recently received their Ranji Trophy dues, they are yet to receive their salaries for Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

A couple of months ago, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider a substantial pay hike for domestic cricketers, who are plying their trade in the Ranji Trophy. Previously, Harbhajan Singh had also asked the then Indian coach, Anil Kumble, to raise the issue of match fees of domestic cricketers with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators. 

However, while that is a matter of discussion for another day, Times of India have reported that the domestic cricketers- for whom playing these tournaments is the only source of income – are yet to be paid last year’s match fees.

"It's been quite difficult for players. Many have got their Ranji Trophy dues only a week back. There are a lot of them who rely heavily on this income. We don't know why there is a delay in payments. We haven't yet got our Vijay Hazare and T20 tournament salaries," an Odisha player told the Times of India.

"We are in the dark not knowing whom to approach. Usually, we get the payment within a month of the season end. Some associations pay at the end of the match, some pay cheques, and some at the end of the season.”

However, it is understood that there are certain state associations which have ensured that the players get paid directly by the BCCI with regards to match fee and the associations only take care of the daily allowances.

"After all that has happened (Lodha-BCCI issue), there are a few associations which have passed on the bank account details of the players to the Board. And the players have started receiving their payments directly from BCCI. At any cost, the players should not suffer," a state association official stated.

A top BCCI official mentioned the delay is due to certain issues with "reimbursement and voucher procedures" involving a few state associations. The official further stated that BCCI is ensuring that it makes all payments directly.

"The BCCI is trying to formalise the payment procedures and to make direct payment to the players. A few teams have got payments, some haven't and some partially.

"There are some issues with regards to reimbursement procedures and voucher claims on various fronts. It's been addressed to and the players will get their dues soon," said the official.

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