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It's money everywhere, but no pay still a worry in IPL

At the start of the 2011 Indian Premier League, the fear among some of the players was over payments. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports

cricket Updated: Sep 15, 2011 03:12 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal

At the start of the 2011 Indian Premier League, the fear among some of the players was over payments. The Indian cricket board also had similar concerns, and following a court case, it got two of the franchises - Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab - to deposit guarantee money to ensure there were no payment defaults.

On the opening day of the tournament, Indian board secretary N Srinivasan addressed the issue in the captains' meeting and gave the Board's guarantee on payments.

Despite that, some foreign players still face payment issues, it was revealed to the HT by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations' chief executive Tim May.

"There are concerns from individual players who didn't get paid by their franchises, which is unfortunate, and there are players who are owed some significant amount of money. There are some franchises that are turning a blind eye and not replying to the players, that is my only concern," May said on the sidelines of the ICC awards function in London on Monday. He declined to name the players and teams concerned though.

IPL Backing

May, otherwise, gave the thumbs up to the IPL. "I don't have any problem with the IPL at all. It's good for the game and for the people. The ultimate stakeholders are the spectators. If they love IPL, it sends a strong message to everyone about T20 cricket - it is an entertaining form of the game. The IPL has a position in the international calendar, it is attracting international players. The players are making a good amount of money from it, which they should as they are the (main) product," said May.

The FICA chief executive and former Australia off-spinner refused to blame the IPL for India's poor show in England.

"We were not saying it 12 months ago when the players were also playing the IPL. It's been a very busy year; the Indian team play more cricket than any other country and the players become jaded.

"There is pressure on the BCCI to schedule them because everyone wants to play against India. It is where the commercial hub is and the other boards get to survive by playing against India. There are no easy answers, but there is no doubt non-stop cricket is going to affect your performance."

Heavy schedule

As a champion of the player's cause, what will be his advice to the Indian players? "That's probably the question one needs to ask the Indian boys. It's difficult to stay up mentally for all the games, and if they feel they have a problem, the best they can do (is get together) as a group, approach their board and express how they feel about scheduling. Hopefully their board can take on boards."

The Indian cricketers are the most high-profile in the game and so it is surprising they don't have a players' body, especially while negotiating complicated IPL contracts. "That is for them to answer. India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are the three countries that don't have a player's body and those are which needs them the most. I think that tells you the story."