Multiple Indian domestic cricketers not paid amidst Covid-19 pandemic

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As the entire world has been struggling with the global pandemic novel coronavirus, it has affected not only several international sporting events but also the domestic series as well. Moreover, the imposed lockdown took a toll on many employees around the world where layoffs and pay-cuts from all sectors have become a norm amid this situation. Meanwhile, many Indian domestic cricketers are yet to receive their match fees for the last season too.

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While the BCCI has clarified that it is clear all dues at a fast pace, it is known that the Gross Revenue Share has been pending for that last three years. Recently, Times of India reported that a player usually earns around Rs 35,000 per day during the Ranji Trophy and Rs 17,500 per match in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

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They also shared that many players from Mumbai, Maharashtra, Bengal and Tripura along with other domestic teams have not received the match fees yet. Notably, the Gross Revenue Share (GRS) is the share that the domestic players earn from BCCI’s TV telecast deals for the Indian Premier League and home season as well.

“We haven’t received our match fees for the 2019-20 season. We also haven’t received the revenue component for the last three seasons,” said a Maharashtra player.

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“Around a month back, we were asked to raise an invoice for the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 season. We haven’t received any payment from the BCCI, but we’ve started paying GST because we raised an invoice,” a player said to TOI.

“All this money could’ve helped us sail through the lockdown. The BCCI and the state associations must realise that we’ve already lost out on the chance to go overseas and play and earn money this season. There’s no clarity on the IPL, and may domestic players don’t play in it. So, many players depend on domestic match fee for their survival,” added another player.

However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal clarified all these and said to TOI that the board is remitting dues to the players very soon. Even he also revealed that there were some technical glitches with the verification.

“The technical issue could be that we may not have received the invoices from some state associations. We have even released the prize money for winning the Ranji Trophy (Rs 2 crore) to Saurashtra and Bengal (Rs 1 cr) for finishing as the runners-up in that competition. Now, the Ranji final in March was the last domestic game of the season. There must be some technical issues with regards to verification (of the invoices received from the state associations), otherwise we have released payments of all the domestic players after receiving invoices from the respective state units,” Dhumal said to TOI.

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