Virat Kohli received a sanctioned sum of Rs. 1,76,400 © Getty Images
Virat Kohli received a sanctioned sum of Rs. 1,76,400 © Getty Images

Virat Kohli, India’s star batsman and Test Captain, has finally received his match fees from the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) for leading the Delhi team in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy three years ago. Kohli received a sanctioned sum of INR 1,76,400 from the controversy ridden DDCA which still has to pay dues of players for the last season. Not only Kohli, but Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was also given his dues for playing in the Vijay Hazare trophy in December while other players still have to be paid. Dhawan was paid an amount of INR 237,600. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli buys flat worth Rs. 34 crores in Mumbai: Reports

Meanwhile, former Delhi opener Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were also among the players who were paid. Sehwag was paid INR 9,000 to settle his account whereas Gambhir was paid INR 4500 to clear his account.

DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda said as quoted by TOI, “The bills from these big names were lying with the association for years. If there is surplus money in the association, there’s no harm in clearing out as much payment as possible. The association can settle its account once the money comes from BCCI.”

Manchanda also added that the earnings were from the matches that Delhi had hosted in recent times and it was important to clear the pending dues of players who don’t Delhi often. He also mentioned that the dues off other players will be paid when the BCCI provides DDCA with grants.

Manchanda said – “These payments are made from the profits the DDCA has made by hosting World T20 and IPL matches this year. Since we haven’t submitted the balance sheets yet, the BCCI can’t sanction the money or the fees. But it was only fair to clear the long pending dues of those who don’t play for Delhi so often. Once the grants come from the board, we will clear the fees of the rest of the players.”

Also, DDCA president SP Bansal was alleged for misappropriation of funds, by Kirti Azad afew months back. Although Bansal refuted the charges, the association hasn’t submitted its balance sheets which resulted in the players playing on without being given their dues for three years.