Junior cricketers await award money from BCCI during lockdown crisis
Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Published: May 11, 2020 11:28:37 pm


Sidak Singh continues to be ready for his Rs 1.5 lakh award money. (Express Photo)

Every time the teenaged Sidak Singh calls his household in Varanasi, he hopes they received’t ask him one query particularly: has he obtained his Rs 1.5 lakh award money and almost 6 lakh in match charges from the Indian cricket board? His father is a garments service provider whose small enterprise has been affected by the Covid-19 state of affairs and Sidak is aware of the money may assist tide over the crisis. But it hasn’t been credited to his checking account but. Not simply Sidak however many junior cricketers haven’t but obtained their award money from varied age-group tournaments.

In January 2020, at a glittering award ceremony in Mumbai, Virat Kohli had handed the M.A. Chidambaram Trophy to Sidak’s father however 4 months later, the household nonetheless awaits the money. On March 11, the BCCI had mailed him a ‘payment advice’ which said that they’ve initiated a credit score of Rs 1,50,000 to his account however no money has been deposited but within the financial institution.

“It could be a technical issue, I don’t know, but the bank hasn’t credited my account. I checked with the bank and they said ‘check with BCCI’. Due to the lockdown, the offices are closed and I don’t know whom to ask,” Sidak instructed The Indian Express.

His father has a material store at Ramnagar in Varanasi however the enterprise has been hit in latest instances. “Whenever I get a call from home or I call them, I don’t know what to say. I change the topic when the subject of money comes up. Soon they will be out of cash. I am here in Mumbai and can’t help much. I checked with friends and they too have not received it, maybe there is some technical issue,” the all-rounder mentioned.

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Many junior gamers awaiting award money

It’s not solely Sidak who’s but to get his due. The Indian Express spoke to 4 different junior cricketers who confirmed that they’re but to obtain the award money of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Aryan Hooda (Jharkhand under-16 who was the very best run-getter within the Vijay Merchant event), Abhishek Yadav (Jharkhand, the very best wicket-taker in the identical tourney), Manan Hingrajia (Gujarat under-23, who was the very best run-getter within the under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy) and Apurva Anand (Bihar Cricket Association, highest wicket-taker within the under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy) have additionally not bought their money but.

Sikkim participant Milind Kumar, the very best run-getter within the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season, additionally confirmed that he’s but to obtain the Rs 1.5 lakh award money.

Yadav mentioned his emails haven’t elicited any response from the board.

“I sent emails twice but there has been no response. I tried to call but the BCCI office is closed. Due to the lockdown, that money is important for me. My father is Class D employee in Railways and my grandmother is in hospital – the money would have come in handy. My father had to take a loan now,” Yadav said.

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Like Sidak, Yadav too had obtained an electronic mail from the Indian board workplace, informing him that the cost has been initiated.

“I told my friend Aryan (Hooda) that it’s not showing in my bank account. He told me to wait for one week as it will be credited but it hasn’t till date,” Yadav mentioned. The Bokaro boy approached his mother or father affiliation Jharkhand Cricket Association, who suggested him to talk to the Indian board as they’ll’t do a lot on this case. The board has been within the information for not paying dues of gamers and officers. Domestic gamers have been complaining that they haven’t obtained season charges for taking part in within the Ranji Trophy. Recently, board treasurer Arun Dhumal had said that BCCI will make all of the funds quickly and that they’ve been delayed solely due to the lockdown.

“The process has started. We have released payments to players, officials, and state associations. Because of the lockdown, things are slow. Our staff verifies documents of 150 players and officials daily, after which we send out instructions to release the payments. There could be a few cases where some might have not got match fees, including old dues like gross revenue share, but they will be getting it soon. Those who haven’t received payments will be getting it in the coming days,” Dhumal had mentioned on Friday.

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