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Bihar cricketers in the lurch, BCCI hasn’t paid fees in two years

Prashant Singh, a 21-year-old quick bowler from Bihar, has not been paid match charges by the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the final two seasons. With the pandemic raging throughout the nation, Prashant is apprehensive about remedy prices for his elder brother who’s Covid-19 constructive and isolating at dwelling in Chhapra. His mom too is discovering it tough to breathe.

Prashant, an Beneath-23 cricketer, is the only breadwinner in his household. He isn’t the one participant from Bihar who’s unpaid.

Cricketers from the state’s Beneath-23, the Beneath-19 and the senior workforce await fee from the BCCI for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season.

The BCCI has additionally dragged its ft on the compensation bundle for gamers, introduced in December by its secretary Jay Shah, following a truncated season minus the Ranji Trophy.

On the identical time, Bihar gamers have been ready for match charges.

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“Each time I get a message on my cellphone I presume cash has been deposited. Final yr I needed to get my elder sister married. I borrowed cash, hoping to repay after I get match charges. I misplaced my father in 2016. I haven’t obtained cash until date. Now my elder brother has examined constructive for the coronavirus. I don’t know the place I’ll get cash from,” Prashant, who’s to obtain about Rs eight lakh, instructed The Indian The Press Reporter from Chhapra.

The rationale for the delay, in response to a senior BCA official, was ‘error in vouchers’ submitted by the state unit to the BCCI. BCA president Rakesh Tiwary claimed the vouchers have been forwarded to the BCCI as soon as once more. A senior BCCI official mentioned they must scrutinise the paperwork once more earlier than releasing funds.

“We had earlier despatched invoices to BCCI however they knowledgeable us that there was an error within the documentation. All of the invoices have been despatched once more (in March) and fee will likely be obtained quickly,” Tiwary mentioned.

On account of this administrative deadlock, the gamers have been left within the lurch.

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Prashant says Bihar Cricket Affiliation officers, who’ve been wrangling, proceed to make empty guarantees.

“We now have been listening to this for the final one yr. ‘Cash will likely be deposited subsequent month’ is what we’re instructed. Our monetary state of affairs is dire in the mean time,” Prashant mentioned.

Board blames BCA

The BCCI official handed the buck to the state affiliation. “Attributable to some challenge throughout the affiliation this case has arisen,” the BCCI official mentioned.

The Indian The Press Reporter spoke to cricketers throughout age teams who confirmed that they haven’t been paid but.

“We’re speaking about it nearly day-after-day. We test with one another if the cash has been deposited. However no person has obtained it. In these robust instances, cash is essential. A few of us have emailed high BCCI officers however we have now not received a reply,” a senior participant mentioned.

Match charges for cricketers range for every format. A cricketer is paid roughly Rs 40,000 per day for the Ranji Trophy, which was not performed final season.

The BCCI held the Syed Mushtaq T20 and the 50-over Vijay Hazare tournaments in 2020-21. The match charges for the 50-over sport is Rs 25,000, and Rs 12,500 for the T20 match. Beneath-23 gamers are paid Rs 63,000 for a four-day sport and Rs 17,500 for a one-day sport. As per process, gamers need to submit an bill to their respective state associations on the finish of a match. The affiliation then verifies them and forwards it to the BCCI which releases the fee to the gamers.

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