Indian Cricket Under-19: India’s Under-19 cricketers and the staff including Coach Rahul Dravid haven’t received their daily allowances yet. The reasons point to the vacant position of BCCI secretary whose official signature is needed to release the funds and the demonetization that limit the withdrawal up to Rs. 24, 000 per week. To recall, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was removed by Supreme Court not so recently.
The Under-19 cricketers will usually receive an allowance of Rs. 6, 800 per day, but due to the aforementioned reasons, the junior cricketers are facing issues from about half-a-month. Other than that, the players have to manage by oneself for dinner and take financial help from their parents.
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It has been confirmed that the players were told the BCCI does not have an official signatory to sign on the daily allowance cheques which are the only way to release the funds. After Shirke was removed from the BCCI secretary position, along with BCCI president Anurag Thakur, the board has only joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary.
There is a chance for one of the existing members to become the new signatory, but this can be done only when the board’s members pass a new resolution.
India U-19 Team suffers due to delay in allowances
Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) allowed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to use its imprest account for small, routine operating expenses from a bank to pay the daily allowances of the senior team, which is in Hyderabad at the moment. Nevertheless, the junior team which comprises of 18 squad members plus seven support staff and the coach were nowhere listed to receive their daily allowances.
Also, the BCCI official said that the board has been affected by the demonetisation-brought withdrawal limit. The official said “We have decided that once the series gets over, we will send DA directly to the accounts of players and support staff. Even in BCCI, there are lots of problems, as we don’t have a signatory and we can’t pay anyone.”
A member of the Under-19 team said, “We are managing somehow. During match-days, one meal is organised by the host association and breakfast is complimentary at the hotel. But the biggest problem is dinner. We are put up in a posh hotel in Mumbai where a sandwich costs over Rs 1,500. Players have no option but to step out for a meal after a tiring day on the field.”