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Rebels likely to miss BCCI windfall

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2007 00:41 IST
Anam Arsalan
Anam Arsalan
Hindustan Times
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For all their sangfroid, the players who have joined the Indian Cricket League would probably have some amount of heartburn after seeing the kind of bonanza the BCCI has dished out to domestic cricketers.

Arrears for the last two seasons are likely to run into lakhs for most players, and this is money that all the 'rebel' players (who have already turned out for their states over the last two seasons) will not get easily, if at all.

The BCCI meeting declared that anyone associated with unauthorised events would not be entitled to any benefits. Logically, while players like Dinesh Mongia, Deep Dasgupta, JP Yadav and the rest would expect to be paid for matches they have already played, it is unlikely that the BCCI will release any more money to them than it has already done.

For the 2005-2006 season, domestic players made about Rs 15,000 per match day. That figure was expected to be about Rs 16,000 per match day in the 2006-07 season but is now actually Rs 26,000 per season for both seasons. (Calculated at each financial year-end on the basis of surplus of income over expenditure).

This means a player should get arrears of Rs. 11,000 per match day extra for the '05-'06 season and Rs. 22,000 per match day for last season (players have received cheques for only Rs 4,000 per match day so far for last season). If a player has played even seven four-day Ranji games in each season, he stands to gain about Rs. 3,08,000 in arrears for last to last season and Rs. 6,16,000 for last season, so nearly 10 lakhs in arrears alone. Many of the ICL players would be in line for much more, as they've played more games.

The good part is, they believe the ICL will make up any loss of money to them. Railways' Shreyas Khanolkar said as much, while another player said it was part of the contract that monetary losses caused by leaving BCCI fold, including pensions, will be made up for.

And how does the ICL system work? Well, suppose a player is on a retainer of a crore a year, he has already received Rs 25 lakh (25 per cent) as payment on his signing the contract. The remaining Rs 75 lakh will be divided over nine months as "salary", with the first starting in three months’ time, after the first ICL league tournament is over.

An ICL player said he would not rule out going to court to get money due from the BCCI if it were held back later.

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