Domestic players compensation: BCCI in a fix- Who to pay for the COVID-hit season? – The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in a fix after announcing the compensation for domestic players amid the pandemic-hit 2020-21 season. With around 3000 cricketers across 38 Ranji teams, including women, waiting for their compensation, BCCI does not know whom to compensate, said a report published in Hindustan Times.
Despite the given situation, the ground reality is that the domestic players desperately need financial support. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, jobs outside cricket have dried up and the players are forced to live on their earnings from sports.
Domestic players compensation: As per an earlier report from insidesport.co, a state cricket body official had said that if the BCCI decides to compensate, the biggest challenge for an association would be to find out the players who would have played.
While the BCCI had kept the option of compensation open, though had not committed to it, there was a talk that it may eventually not compensate and follow the norms of the other industries where employees hired on a work-and-pay basis don’t get paid without work.
Major tournaments Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournaments were conducted last year.
Domestic players in India are like domestic wage earners and only paid for the number of matches they play. There is no pay for missing games due to injuries. The system is quite terrible with the current payment system in first-class is quite unfair. On the surface it seems that the Ranji players receive a handsome salary of 35,000 per day, the entitled GRS system is intrinsically flawed.
Domestic players compensation: The report further added that GRS shares to players haven’t been paid since 2016-17.
BCCI’s payment structure is not sympathetic to domestic players. It commits only 26 per cent of its earnings to players with half of it earmarked for 25-30 international players while the remaining amount is shared by a large majority of all domestic players.
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