Delay in cheques from BCCI concerns certain former players

BCCI had distributed Rs.70 crores earned from the IPL 5 playoffs among former players who retired before 2003

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Jun 6, 2012

More than a week after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 5 concluded, a section of players including a few who supported Kirti Azad s anti-IPL protest are yet to receive their cheques from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as part of their one-time payment.

Players who have been left out include former India spinner Maninder Singh, wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna and Gurusharan Singh. These three players had gone to Ferozshah Kotla to express their support to Kirti Azad s protest against IPL. However, the trio clarified that they weren t in favour of Azad s opinion of an anti-BCCI stand and had withdrawn their support leaving the venue thereafter.

“There are still some players who were not there at Azad s agitation who haven t got the money. So I hope we should get it,” one of the players was quoted by Hindustan Times.

The former Indian players are concerned as a few domestic players like Rajesh Puri and Sarkar Talwar have received their payment

In response to the delay of issuing cheques, Ajay Shirke, BCCI treasurer said not much should be read into this issue.

“No we haven t singled these players out. No action is being taken against them,” said the BCCI treasurer which suggested that the players might get their share despite the delay.

According to the one-time benefit payment, BCCI had distributed Rs.70 crores earned from the IPL 5 playoffs among former players who retired before 2003 with an intention to reward their contribution to Indian cricket when there wasn t much money in the game.

However, Kapil Dev was excluded from the list as he has not sought amnesty for his links with the then rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) although the board claimed his exclusion as a technical error. On the other hand Azad was denied the payment as he was extremely critical of BCCI and IPL.