Prashant Singh, an Under-23 cricketer from Bihar, hasn’t been paid by the BCCI for two seasons.
Prashant, who is the family’s sole breadwinner, is concerned about treatment costs for his elder brother, who is Covid-19 positive and isolated at home in Chhapra.
As the pandemic spreads across the world, his mother is having trouble breathing as well.
Astonishingly, Prashant isn’t the only unpaid player from Bihar. The BCCI are yet to pay cricketers from the state’s Under-23, Under-19, and senior teams for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
Following a shortened season without the Ranji Trophy, the BCCI has dragged its feet on the compensation plan for players, which was revealed in December by its secretary Jay Shah.
Bihar players, on the other hand, have been waiting for match fees.
“Every time I get a message on my phone I presume money has been deposited. Last year I had to get my elder sister married. I borrowed money, hoping to repay when I get match fees and I lost my father in 2016. I haven’t received money till date. Now my elder brother has tested positive for the coronavirus. I don’t know where I will get money from,” Prashant, who is to receive about Rs 8 lakh, told The Indian Express
According to a senior BCA official, the explanation for the delay was a ‘error in vouchers’ submitted by the state unit to the BCCI.
The vouchers, according to BCA president Rakesh Tiwary, have been forwarded to the BCCI once more.
Before issuing payments, a senior BCCI official stated that they would have to re-examine the records.
“We had earlier sent invoices to BCCI but they informed us that there was an error in the documentation. All the invoices have been sent again (in March) and payment will be received soon,” Tiwary said.
The players have been left in the lurch as a result of the administrative stalemate. Officials from the Bihar Cricket Association, according to Prashant, continue to make false promises.
“We have been hearing this for the last one year. ‘Money will be deposited next month’ is what we are told. Our financial situation is dire at the moment,” Prashant said.
Board blames Bihar Cricket Association (BCA)
The BCCI official passed the buck to the state association. “Due to some issue within the association this situation has arisen,” the BCCI official said.