New Delhi: The Indian cricket team had a hugely successful season over the past few months, but if reports are to be believed, Virat Kohli and his troops are yet to get the match fee plus the bonus for their scintillating show on home turf.
In a report published on 'The Indian Express', it is said that the ongoing tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the new revenue model is one of the the reasons that the players haven't been paid so far.
"Usually, we get our dues within a month or 15 days of a Test match but this time, the delay has been long. We donât know what the reason is but such delays have never happened earlier," a regular member of the Indian national team was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
In the new BCCI players' contract, which is effective from October 1, 2016, the players were supposed to be paid Rs 15 lakhs per Test, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI and Rs 3 lakhs for T20 International. Meanwhile, the India women's cricket team are also awaiting their cheques.
Also, the cricketers are also yet to receive the incentive, which was even doubled by the COA, for their 2-1 series victory over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
"The BCCI SGM has passed unanimous resolution that players who were a part of Australia series win should get double the incentive. Hence they will now be paid Rs 1 crore instead of Rs 50 lakh," a state unit functionary had said after attending the BCCI SGM on April 18.
Sources said that the financial aspect of the BCCI is now handled by the COA and therefore the disbursement of the players' fee can only be approved by them. While BCCI's face-off with the ICC hasn't helped the cause either.
"The payment is delayed because of various issues. The BCCI didn't have the official signatory in February and later there was confusion over whether Amitabh Choudhary (acting secretary) can clear these payments because only the secretary can give all approvals. As for the women's payments, their agreement with BCCI is yet to be signed and once it is officially done, their payment will be released," a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Earlier, the players used to get their due within two months after the completion of a Test match.