Players left anxious as BCCI delays cheques
It's been almost 10 days since the last ball was bowled in the Indian Premier League, but there is disquiet among some former players as the cricket board's one-time cash incentive out of IPL profits, distributed with fanfare to many former stalwarts, has not reached some former players. Khurram Habib reports.cricket Updated: Jun 05, 2012 23:53 IST
It's been almost 10 days since the last ball was bowled in the Indian Premier League, but there is disquiet among some former players as the cricket board's one-time cash incentive out of IPL profits, distributed with fanfare to many former stalwarts, has not reached some former players.
That concern has grown because those 'left out' include players like former India spinner Maninder Singh, wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna as well as Gursharan Singh, who played one Test. The trio had gone to Ferozshah Kotla to express solidarity with former team mate Kirti Azad's anti-IPL protest.
Although, they openly disagreed with Azad's anti-BCCI stand and left the agitation venue, the cheque hasn't arrived. The players are swinging between anxiety and hope. "There are still some players who were not there at Azad's campaign who haven't got the money. So I hope we should get it," one of them told HT.
However, the BCCI treasurer, Ajay Shirke, when contacted, said not much should be read into these players not receiving their cheques. "No, we haven't singled these players out. No action is being taken against them." That would suggest the players should get their share despite the delay.
However, what makes this delay hard to understand is that some former domestic players have already got their cheques. "Yes, I've heard Rajesh Puri and Sarkar Talwar (both Haryana) have both got it," said a player.
The BCCI distributed around R70 crore to players who retired before 2003, saying it wanted to reward the contribution of cricketers as there wasn't much money in the game when many of them were active.
However, it has excluded Kapil Dev from the list saying he has not sought amnesty for his links with the now-defunct rebel Indian Cricket League. It also struck Azad, an MP, off the list after he demanded that the IPL should be scrapped following a spate of controversies towards the end of the league.