Published:9 April 2021
More than 400 match officials, umpires, players, and video analysts are yet to be compensated for the domestic tournaments they played earlier this season, as the BCCI prepares to host their second IPL season in less than six months. Apart from them, some players have only played in the Ranji Trophy for their respective states and have yet to collect the promised payout.
The Indian board agreed not to hold the premier first-class tournament this season due to pandemic restrictions. Only the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and the Vijay Hazare Trophy were scheduled for the domestic season. The senior women's 50-overs competition is currently underway. Following that, the board can hold age-group tournaments.
The BCCI had instructed all officials to send their invoices within three days of the tournaments' conclusion. According to an umpire who officiated in both limited-overs tournaments, the payments are usually received within 15 days of completing the task. But it's been two months since the Mushtaq Ali tournament ended, and they still haven't received any money.
The delay is thought to have arisen because the BCCI is currently without a general manager (cricket operations) following Saba Karim's departure in 2020. In December of last year, KVP Rao, the second general manager in charge of match officials, had to resign from his position.
Several of these match officials depend exclusively on their BCCI payouts, while others prefer to operate part-time. In reality, since the pandemic began in March 2020 and the domestic season had to be cut short, some people have not received any payments.
In December, the BCCI announced creating a committee to assess compensation for players, match officials, and those involved in cricketing activities. However, it has been three months since that time, and no information has arrived. Since the 2019-20 season, players who only play in the Ranji Trophy have not been charged. The incident has gone unnoticed by the Indian Cricketers Association, which has two members on the apex council.