At a time when the number of foreign coaches interested in taking up assignments in India is on the rise, Rajasthan coach, Meyrick Pringle, has lashed out at the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) for unpaid dues and shoddy treatment.
Pringle alleged that around Rs.14 lakh of his dues are yet to be cleared. He further claimed that he was asked to not accompany the team for the national T20s on the eve of the team's departure.
The former South African Test player was appointed bowling coach in September 2011.
However, before the start of the 2012-13 Ranji season, RCA's director of cricket, Chandrakant Pandit, had to give up the post after being appointed chairman of the BCCI's junior selection committee. Pringle was asked to take over.
“I would write mail after mail to the RCA asking them to appoint a head coach. I would tell them that a bowling coach is different from a head coach,” Pringle told HT. “Eventually, I had to continue as head coach for the entire Ranji Trophy and one-dayers.”
The former pacer claimed what made matters worse was that the RCA slid under the carpet his request of being compensated (approx Rs.8 lakh) for the additional responsibility.
It was only when Pringle threatened to take the matter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), did the RCA call him for a meeting.
But the matter still remains unresolved. “In March, I wrote to them that I will write to the ICC if it is not sorted,” he said, before adding, “Within half hour, KK Sharma (acting secretary, RCA) called me for a meeting. And he told me that there is no difference between a bowling coach and head coach.”
Pringle claimed that he was yet to receive the bonus (approx R4 lakh) that the team was to be awarded after the 2011-12 Ranji triumph.
“I have written to Mahendra Sharma so many times, then acting secretary and current treasurer, but to no avail,” Pringle explained.
He also alleged that the RCA had not repaid the tax (approx Rs.2 lakh) cut from his salary, as promised earlier.
Apart from this, the amount needed to get an insurance policy (approx Rs.20,000) in place to attain the Indian work permit was also cut from his salary.
Even basic facilities like meals (approx Rs.4000) he had at the RCA's academy restaurant were deducted from his salary.
Besides monetary issues, it was on the eve of the team's departure for the national T20 tournament (that commenced on March 17) to Nagpur that Pringle was informed via email about the team 'not requiring the services of the bowling coach'.
A furious Pringle stated that he would give the RCA some time before taking it up with higher authorities. “I will wait till the end of the month before I approach the BCCI and ICC.”
While RCA president, CP Joshi, passed the buck onto KK Sharma, the latter did not respond to repeated calls and texts on the issue.