The compensation promised to India’s first-class gamers after the 2020 Ranji Trophy season stood cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic is but to be disbursed as state items have nonetheless not despatched within the requisite particulars, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal informed PTI on Monday. In a latest article within the UK’s ‘Telegraph’ newspaper, it got here to gentle that the BCCI is but to share the T20 World Cup runners-up prize cash of $550,000 with the Indian ladies’s group. The Board responded by promising to deliver this week.
The developments additionally introduced into focus the inordinate delay in gamers’ funds throughout the board, no matter gender.
The Ranji Trophy compensation bundle is one other occasion of delay and devising an appropriate formulation for every person is not as simple and linear, Dhumal admitted.
“We have to discuss with states because they have to tell us who would have played, how many matches, who would have been in reserves. None of the states have sent any proposal for the compensation package,” Dhumal stated.
During this version of Indian Premier League, there have been 73 uncapped Indian home gamers throughout eight groups (together with Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda, who’ve been part of the Indian group).
These gamers had contracts starting from Rs 20 lakh to just about Rs 10 crore (Krishnappa Gowtham).
However, there are round 700 others, who haven’t got IPL contracts and make something between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh in a full home season with most earnings coming from Ranji Trophy the place they get a match payment of Rs 1.40 lakh.
“The treasurer is right. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has announced the compensation but how do you determine which are the players who would play 8 games, or 10 games in a season? The reserve players get half, so how do you compute that?
“You cannot simply give a flat quantity to each participant. Giving a lump sum to states is an possibility however how do you monitor the states?” asked a former BCCI official and state unit veteran.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant closure of BCCI headquarters has led to delays but it’s of little consolation to the domestic players as most of them are yet to receive the Gross Revenue Share (GRS) for the past few seasons.
BCCI has always allocated a share from its TV broadcast revenue to the domestic cricketers and it is normally paid in September after the annual accounts are settled.
According to Dhumal, the GRS of domestic cricketers has been kept pending since the 2016-17 season.
“We pay the GRS quantities after the accounts are settled. But I have to let you know that since 2016-17, when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) was in operation, GRS has not been cleared.”
However, Dhumal said that this year’s Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy payments (Rs 35,000 per match) have been cleared.
“I can even affirm that funds for the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy have additionally been disbursed,” Dhumal informed.
He then explained how the payments are disbursed.
“It’s the state associations which elevate the bill of the match charges of their gamers as per the variety of video games they’ve performed or been a part of the collection. Verification a part of the information (matches performed) is finished by the states.
“The GST also needs to be computed. If the states delay in sending the invoices, that at times also leads to delay in payments. Some states, immediately after the end of the season, send us the invoice with all due diligence and their players immediately receive payments,” stated Dhumal.
The senior Indian gamers obtained their annual retainer charges after practically one yr, cause being the delay in signing the contracts.
“The delay in payment of central contracts was two fold. The offices were closed and also it took time during lockdown to get the players to sign the contract document,” Dhumal stated.
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