It's almost eight weeks since the Asia Cup final was played in Dambulla on June 24. However, the winners of individual sponsored prizes during the 10-day tournament are still awaiting the delivery of bikes and televisions, both sponsored by leading brands in India.
"None of us has received either a bike or a television," an India cricketer, preferring anonymity, told HT on Tuesday. "Neither the sponsors nor the organisers have got in touch with us after the tournament."
This prompted the Indian team management to take the issue up on behalf of the players. "The sponsors had assured to deliver the prizes within 15 days. It's almost two months now. This is highly unprofessional on their part."
But, the event management company that was handling the account of the bike manufacturer for the Asia Cup had a different take. "Because players are busy in Sri Lanka, the bikes cannot be delivered right now. The players need to sign some documents, so their parents cannot accept it on their behalf," Arun, a representative of Planman Events, said.
"There is no other issue. There is no problem as such. There is the excise duty and the gift tax and they have to take the bike. The bike is already lying in India."
And what about the television sets? "Nimbus is handling it. It wouldn't be prudent for me to talk about it," said Arun.
Nimbus Sport, who have been awarded media rights for the Asia Cup till 2014, tried to downplay the issue. "The Indian players' television sets have been delivered to the BCCI headquarters," a Nimbus official said from Mumbai. "As far the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi players are concerned, we are trying to complete the formalities at the earliest."
However, Prof Ratnakar Shetty, Chief Administrative Officer of the Board, denied having received any television sets. "We have received the list of players who have won the prizes, nothing else. It is between the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the players. It is not routed through BCCI," said Shetty.
Thusith Perera, ACC's finance manager, said from Kuala Lumpur that he will "have to check with the concerned parties before giving any details".