New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir cricketers have finally been paid their long pending match fees of last season, totalling about Rs 80 lakh, with the state association taking the money out from its Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) to make the payment.
The good news for the players comes just days after the Jammu and Kashmir team made it to the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals for the first time.
The women cricketers, however, are still to be paid for the 2012-13 season. A top Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) official said the cheques are ready and that they would be distributed soon.
Match fees of players, who appeared in the various BCCI tournaments in 2012-13, had been delayed after the court of chief judicial magistrate in Srinagar froze the accounts of the Farooq Abdullah-headed JKCA in the aftermath of the 2012 ‘scam’, suspected to be worth Rs 24.64 crore.
According to the procedure, match fees is reimbursed by the BCCI after the state associations send the receipts duly signed by the players. But the JKCA hasn’t sent the receipts to the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, said Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI’s general manager (game development).
“The players have been paid for last year and the amount is approximately Rs 80 lakh. This includes the under-16, under-19, under-25 and the Ranji teams,” JKCA treasurer Manzoor Wazir told MAIL TODAY. “The women players are not included in this. Their cheques are ready; it’ll take a couple of days to release the payment.”
J&K team captain Parveez Rasool said he and his teammates are happy at receiving the cheques. “Obviously, the boys are happy. They don’t have jobs. Apart from one or two, the rest of the players in our team are students. I also don’t have a job, nor got any job offers,” Rasool told MAIL TODAY.
Wazir claimed that the BCCI hasn’t paid the players’ match fees for two years. “We have not got payments from the Board for a couple of years. We have made this payment to the players from the FDRs that we had,” he said.
When contacted, Shetty said the BCCI only reimburses players’ fees, never makes advance payment to the state associations. “They first have to submit all the bills and we reimburse. Along with the bill, they must send the signatures of the players. We don’t give advance to any association,” he said.
Wazir said he has written to the BCCI a few times on the dues and was hopeful of receiving the money soon.
“Writing to us doesn’t help; they have to send the bills. We then send the cheques to the associations. They are supposed to pay Rs 10,000 as match fees per game to a player. We can’t reimburse in advance,” said Shetty.
Wazir, who is reportedly the sole man running the affairs of the association after the scam came to light in mid- 2012, couldn’t explain as to why the association has not sent the bills for reimbursement. “I will have to check with the JKCA office. I will also speak to Shetty about it,” he said.
Abdullah has announced a Rs 20 lakh incentive for the team for its wonderful show this season. It remains to be seen from where that money would come from and when the players would receive it.
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