The recent Supreme Court’s decision to make reforms in the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) to ward off corruption and despotism added with demonetisation drive has, however, left India’s Under-19 in a lurch. The team is eking out for their daily living from their own pockets as the BCCI has not given any daily allowances to the team yet, said a report in Indian Express.
The players and the coach Rahul Dravid are yet to get their daily allowances from the cricket board. The situation is quite pathetic for the players as the Board has failed to provide even a small penny to each player to meet their food expenses.
The absence of an official signatory after former secretary Ajay Shirke’s removal has made the situation miserable for them and in addition, the weekly withdrawal limit due to demonetisation made it more worse.
The situation has led to the junior players not receiving their entitled allowance of Rs 6,800 per day and they are seeking their help of parents to get some money to pay for their dinners.
A BCCI official said that the players will be paid their daily allowances as soon as the series get over. Without a signatory, the Board is facing difficulty in disbursing funds.
We have decided that once the series gets over, we will send DA directly to the accounts of players and support staff. Even in BCCI, there are lots of problems, as we don’t have a signatory and we can’t pay anyone.a BCCI official.
A player if India U-19 who is currently playing against England’s junior team said that they are somehow managing the situation.
During match-days, one meal is organised by the host association and breakfast is complimentary at the hotel. But the biggest problem is dinner. We are put up in a posh hotel in Mumbai where a sandwich costs over Rs 1,500. Players have no option but to step out for a meal after a tiring day on the field.An India U-19 player.
Meanwhile, the senior team that is camping in Hyderbad for a one-off Test against Bangladesh is not facing any such dire situation as their juniors. The Committee of Administrators (COA) has directed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri take care of all the daily expenses of the players.