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Pune Warriors’ Indian players yet to be paid dues

On Day One of the IPL auction, Yuvraj Singh walked away with a sweepstake of Rs 14 crore, while Robin Uthappa notched up Rs 5 crore. Ashok Dinda didn’t have a bad day either, bagging a Rs 1.5 crore deal.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2014 01:24 IST
Sai Prasad Mohapatra
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On Day One of the IPL auction, Yuvraj Singh walked away with a sweepstake of Rs 14 crore, while Robin Uthappa notched up Rs 5 crore. Ashok Dinda didn’t have a bad day either, bagging a Rs 1.5 crore deal.

The fat cheques did bring joy, but these three and another two Indian players, who were part of the Pune Warriors India (PWI), have still not been paid their fees. That’s not all, even the support staff are yet to get their dues.

As per the contract, the five players were supposed to get their dues in three instalments — 20% on 1 April, 60% on 1 May and 20 % on 1 December in each relevant year. However, ever since the BCCI terminated the PWI’s contract, for failing to pay the franchise fee, the players are awaiting the last instalment.

“It’s been months since we played the IPL, but we still haven’t received our fees despite several assurances,” said an Indian player.

Acknowledging that the BCCI was aware of it, Board secretary, Sanjay Patel, said, “There’s nothing to worry, in case the franchise doesn’t pay them, we will compensate them through the central revenue of the IPL which the scrapped franchise was supposed to get.”

The same, however, cannot be said about the support staff, who are not covered by the BCCI’s compensation package.

A PWI official said on condition of anonymity, “We were told by the BCCI to first clear the dues of the foreign players before the start of the auction which we did. But it is the five Indian players and some support staff who’re yet to be paid. One needs to understand that we are still fighting a case against the Board. If we can pay the foreign players, we will definitely pay the Indians as well.”

An Indian player who is awaiting his dues said, “If the foreign players can be paid, why can’t our cases be treated the same way.”