Two of the BCCI working group members Saurashtra’s Jaydev Shah and Yudhvir Singh from UP said that all cricketers of age groups should be compensated for the loss of matches last season and not just players from Ranji.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently formed a working group made up of former players and current administrators to find a solution to compensate domestic players for lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The members of the panel include former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Karnataka’s Santosh Menon, Assam’s Devajit Saikia, CAB’s Avishek Dalmiya, Uttar Pradesh’s Yudhvir Singh and Rohan Jaitley of Delhi.
I feel compensation, regardless of the amount, may be given to all age group cricketers: Jaydev Shah
Jaydev Shah, former captain of Saurashtra, said the working group would provide the solution for the compensation to the cricketers and the quantum of the payout, after consultation with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and president Sourav Ganguly.
‘The working group has just been set up and we will be working with the guidance of Jay bhai (BCCI Secretary). A time frame has not yet been set, but I feel that compensation, regardless of the amount, should be given to all age group cricketers, ‘ Jaydev told PTI.
A domestic player earns 15-16 lakh per season, but that was not the case with the Ranji trophy last season for the first time in 87 years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the T20 and 50 innings competitions were held at senior level.
‘This is only one of our tasks (compensation package). We will also give our input to the board on how to conduct the season. In terms of compensation, we should definitely look at the U-19 and U-23 cricketers as well. COVID robbed them of an important year. All the members will meet soon and discuss the way forward and the BCCI will take the last call, ” Yudhvir Singh said.
The local season 2021-2022 starts with the one-day competition for women in September-October, while the men start the year with the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in October-November. Ranji Trophy will be performed from November 16 to February 19.