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No match fees to players, least cricketing activities in J&K


Ghost of 2011 scam haunts JKCA

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: At a time when the Supreme Court Friday has frozen all financial transactions between the Board of Control for in and state cricket associations till comply with the Justice R.M Lodha Committee reforms, the and Kashmir Cricket Association has failed to pay match fees to its players for the last three years.

The JKCA is struggling to meet its financial expenses for running cricketing activities with JK Ranji players still await dues of match fees of 2014-2015 Ranji season and cricketing activities have almost been halted due to non-releasing of funds by the BCCI since 2011.

The players' repeated pleas to the JKCA authorities have proved futile. “We (players) have personally spoken to the authorities in the association, but they say that the earlier regime (Dr Farooq Abdullah's faction) has not completed the paper work. In their dispute (Abdullah and the ruling Imran Ansari group) the players have been made to suffer,” a senior J&K player said.

The match fees of J&K players for Ranji Trophy and one-dayers is Rs 10,000 per day, while for T20s it is Rs 5000 per day. Then there is a benevolence fund (players share from the profit made by the Indian cricket board) that is added to the match fees.

“If a player gets to play the entire season (Ranji Trophy, one-dayers and T20s), he earns a match fee of approximately Rs 3 to 5 lakh. A player stands to earn around Rs 10 to 12 lakh with the addition of benevolence fund. Except for the Dearness Allowance (Rs 500 per day), we haven't got a single penny from the association,” claimed another senior J&K player.

It is also learnt that the JKCA have not paid the Dearness Allowance of last season to the players as yet.

The apex cricketing body has stopped around Rs 150 crore to the financially struggling Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association since 2011 following a multi-crore scam unearthed in the state cricketing body.

The apex court on Friday refused to give an inch to the (BCCI) “defiance” and ordered that none of the Board's member State associations will get a single rupee from the apex cricket body till they comply in “ and spirit” with the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee reforms.

The apex court also directed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to give undertaking on affidavit, before the Lodha panel and in apex court by December 3, stating how much time they would need to implement reforms.

JKCA Chairman Mehboob Iqbal said the state cricketing body was already in “trouble”. He asked for implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations so that funds are released to the JKCA.

“The JKCA funds of Rs 150 crore have been stopped since 2011 by the BCCI after a multi-crore scam surfaced in the association. Most of the cricketing activities have been halted due to lack of funds,” Mehboob said. “The JKCA should submit the affidavit to the Supreme Court that we are ready to accept Lodha Committee recommendations and request it to release all pending dues which are lying with the BCCI,” he said.

He said unlike the other state cricket associations, the JKCA had no funds reserve to run its cricketing activities.

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