The BCCI has finally begun the process to distribute the dues owed to hundreds of male and female domestic cricketers for tournaments that had to be shelved due to Covid-19 in the 2020-21 season. This can be described as a late Christmas gift for domestic players.
The Ranji Trophy was canceled for the first time in its 85-year history in 2020-21 for the senior men. In the women’s category, the T20 tournament was shelved due to the severity of the second wave of pandemic in the country.
As per ESPNcricinfo, players from those associations who have duly sent in the filled-in invoices have begun to be compensated 50% of their regular earnings. However, a number of players are yet to receive payments because of procedural delays with regard to invoices raised. The delays are understood to be due to issues at the state associations’ end. These are expected to be cleared soon upon receipt of invoices.
Mohammad Azharuddin-led seven-member working group has been handed the task of formulating compensation for the Covid-19-affected season by the BCCI.
What is the amount received by a domestic player as per the Azharuddin let committee?
A player who featured in eight games in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy, for example, received INR 11.20 lakh (USD 15,000 approx.), the match fee per day for the four-day tournament being INR 35,000 (USD 470 approx.). For 2020-21, under the compensation structures drawn up, the same player will receive INR 5.10 lakh (USD 6,800 approx.).
Players who didn’t make the XI for certain games in 2019-20 will be compensated for 2020-21 on a pro-rata basis. For example, if a player was part of a team’s XI for four games and on the bench for four games in the 2019-20 season, for 2020-21 he will be compensated with 50% of the match fees for four games and 50% of the corresponding fees for players outside the starting XI for the remainder of the games.
BCCI hikes match fees for domestic players
The BCCI had earlier announced a significant increase in match fees for domestic players. The new pay slabs, which will be in place from this season, will have the senior men earning between INR 40,000 and 60,000 (USD 540 to 810 approx.) per day of cricket while senior women will earn up to INR 20,000 (USD 270 approx.) per day.
That hike is a small one for the players in the first category (under 20 matches) but an almost 100% hike for more experienced hands (40-plus games), while those who have played between 21 and 40 matches will earn INR 50,000 (USD 680 approx.). Earlier, senior men’s cricketers earned INR 35,000 (USD 470 approx.) per day for first-class and one-day games regardless of how many caps they had, and INR 17,500 (USD 240 approx.) per game for T20s.
• BCCI finally pays the covid compensation to domestic players.
• BCCI raises the match fees of the domestic players.