BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was unavailable for comments on this matter    PTI
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was unavailable for comments on this matter PTI

Tourists, England cricket team are into the second Test of the five-match series against India in their den and their squad members are yet to receive daily allowances from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which covers this payment, is yet to be signed by the two Boards. While the Supreme Court has sanctioned Rs 58.6 lakhs (approximately) per match for the organisation of the first three Tests, it does not include the daily allowance, which is subject to clauses of the MoU. While there has not been major inconveniences for the England team but the recent demonetisation drive by the Indian government has indirectly affected them as the limited supply of legal tender (notes) they have with them is drying up. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Visakhapatnam

“Yes, England team is yet to receive any allowances from the BCCI,” revealed a source from the touring side. Each of the England squad member is supposed to be paid 50 pounds sterling per day which is Rs 4200 approximately as per current exchange rate. It has been learnt that the match officials have been paid their daily allowances as well as the Indian players. When asked how are the England squad members managing, he added, “The players and support staff are mainly doing transaction through credit card and there was some limited cash (Indian currency) that was provided to them by the manager.” While the cash crunch due to demonetisation has affected the whole country, the England team is also facing the brunt.

“I would not say there are major financial difficulties but there is an inconvenience of the limited cash available,” the source further added. However, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was unavailable for a reply. It must be recalled that Shirke had written to England Cricket Board’s (ECB) manager of operations Phil Neale about BCCI’s inability to provide expenses for the England team.

“BCCI is at present not in a position to execute the MoU between the Indian Cricket Board and the ECB. This is due to restrictions on execution of contracts imposed on the BCCI by a Court order,” Shirke had intimated Neale. The Lodha panel, however, in its email to the BCCI had made it clear that the proposed MoU between two boards was not in their mandate.