The Pandemic hit all spheres of life leaving none to escape from its wrath. 2020-21 domestic season had to be truncated because of lockdown leaving the players facing severe financial stress. Many Ranji players had to economic meltdown after the Ranji Trophy got called off for the first time since its inception.
The women’s T20 matches too dealt with a lot of curbs and were curtailed. However, there was some good news for the domestic players as the BCCI began the process of clearing the dues after the previous domestic season got truncated. In September 2021, the BCCI declared that the participants of the 2019-20 Ranji season will be receiving 50 percent match fees as compensation for the 2020-21 season.
“BCCI has started clearing the compensation amount due for not having the red ball tournament last season,” a senior BCCI official said to PTI.
“A lot of players have started receiving money and there are still a lot of players who would be getting the payments. The process is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. The process is for state units to raise the invoice based on all those who had played in the season prior to COVID-19. The state units that raised invoices to BCCI have already had its players receiving money in their accounts. Some state units are yet to raise invoices so their players are waiting,” the BCCI official stated.
Further great news to keep up with is the return of India’s most iconic domestic tournament Ranji Trophy from January 13 to March 17 across seven different venues. The recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy witnessed great contests and witnessed a new champion in Himachal Pradesh.
However, the jump in cases of Covid in most states plus the emergence of Delta and Omicron variants might affect the schedule of the season. The BCCI has also postponed the Vijay Merchant Trophy for the second consecutive time as a precautionary measure ahead of the third wave.
The BCCI is also in the process to implement its new pay scale policy post its last Apex Council meeting back in September. As per the new blueprint, the senior men will receive Rs 40,000 to 60,000 per day of cricket, while senior women will receive up to Rs 20,000 per day.
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