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BCCI to pay top players who missed IPL due to injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 20, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar and Nita Ambani after Mumbai Indians' semi-final win, Somerset v Mumbai Indians, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Chennai, October 8, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar watched Mumbai Indians win Champions League 2011 from the sidelines © AFP
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Sachin Tendulkar is among five Indian players who will be compensated by the BCCI for missing IPL and Champions League T20 matches in 2011 due to injuries sustained while representing India, Mail Today has reported. The others to benefit from the board's decision are Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra.

ESPNcricinfo understands that a decision to compensate players who miss the IPL after getting injured while on India duty was taken during thr BCCI's working committee meeting earlier this month. The report quoted an unnamed BCCI official as saying, "A few senior players -- Sachin [Tendulkar], MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, and Ashish Nehra etc. -- had met [Shashank] Manohar [the former BCCI president] and N. Srinivasan before theWorld Cup to discuss a few issues like that of the physios and players' insurance. At the meeting, the players were assured that if any of the contracted players got injured while playing for India, he would get compensation for the money he would thus lose for missing matches for his IPL franchise either in the 2011 IPL or the Champions League T20."

The paper reported that the compensation package for the players totalled Rs 7 crore ($1.26 million).

The board has already insured 37 contracted players for 2012 and pays a premium of approximately Rs 4 crores ($720,000). Tendulkar was not able to take part in CLT20 2011, which his side Mumbai Indians won, due to a toe injury that he sustained during India's tour of England. Zaheer, who was injured during the first day of the Lord's Test in 2011, also missed the tournament while Munaf and Sharma were the other players to pick up injuries from the England tour. Nehra, however, missed the entire IPL2011 season after fracturing his finger during India's semi-final match against Pakistan in the World Cup.

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Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

were is Ishant Sharma????

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

What about Ishant Sharma... me missed IPL 2012 because he wanted to be fit again when Indian season starts... why doesn't BCCI consider him eligible for this program?

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

@sameer111111 It is the OPPOSITE. SRT will get paid if he misses those leagues while GETTING INJURED FOR INDIA.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

good decision by Bcci ,people will still criticise them ,they would say everything against BCCI,and Indian cricketers but i think this is a good move

Posted by kassimpradeesh on (July 21, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Then what about Sreesanth, he too also a centrally contracted player

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 21, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

How does all this money become Indian public's money? It is BCCI's money. They earned it by selling a product to the consumers. The consumers first make full use of the product and then object to the way the Seller decides to use its money? What stupid economics is this? IPL is BCCI's brand. It is their prerogative to compensate anyone who misses it due to an injury suffered elsewhere. This will only make players confident that they won't suffer a loss if they don't play in India. Some fans are so much obsessed with anything BCCI does and esp if it involves money. I would say BCCI is doing very well to doubly or triply secure the players from all possible issues. Just because Sachin is a well paid and rich cricketer that does not mean that he too should not be compensated. How would anyone of the fans here feel if their employer says that since they have been paid well by the company in the past so their salary would now be once every 3 months? Would that be a right policy?

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

its a great decision and bcci should also give compensation to those centrally contracted players those who doesnt play ipl to concentrate on longer will encourage players to play longer formats

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Great point, Rehan Mandal. Anyone from the BCCI to answer ?

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

then wat about yuvi who missed last ipl due to injury,he too is a centrally contracted player

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (July 21, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Compensating multimillionaires! Well done BCCI.

Posted by Romenevans on (July 21, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Use that money on a fast bowler finding campaign and send those panel members in the villages of north india, im sure they'll get plenty of 150kps+ bowlers there, that India has been looking for since their inception in cricket.

Posted by sameer111111 on (July 21, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Now all Sachin has to do is rest during ODIs and hope to get injured during IPL. Full payment, no questions asked.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Any rule that benefit players good for me. Otherwise it will be taken by adminsitrators who does nothing except playing regional politics.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

What a joke, probbly joke of the century........ What will IPL Teams pay to Indian Citizens when the player get injured during IPL???????? Any Explaination @BCCI

Posted by TATTUs on (July 21, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Good decision. This atleast will prevent injuries from being hidden. Just to add, many here need to read the news and then think about it before commenting. Many here are just seeing "Sa..." and there they go!

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 21, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

At the end of the day, its Indian public's money and is shared among those who did absolutely nothing, do they deserve it? im sure there are alot of needy in India, should have gone there, in my humble opinion though. real funny stuff coming from BCCI these days lol BCCI's enforcing rather, IPL's importance on the rest that IPL is the real deal, forget good or bad performance, you get paid even if you never been to a cricket ground in the whole tournament. Way to go BCCI haha

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

They could also think about compensating SRT for missing Rajya Sabha sessions on account of playing for India. :P

Posted by Ashish_514 on (July 21, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

What's wrong with that. Only that whenever the words "IPL" and "money" come together, and they always do, people start making noise. It's good for Indian cricket as players will not play in the IPL carrying injuries and will be fit for international matches. Why do we hate people making more money than us? Communists, are we?

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 21, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

Compensation for playing for India and getting injured? Then what the hell are the BCCI Central Contracts there for? Is it worth the piece of paper it is written on? Is there anything the BCCI thinks apart from the IPL. The Pakistan tour was pencilled in precisely to fast-track the inclusion of Pakistan players into IPL 6. And now this? Tony Greig is bang on in his tirade against India.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 21, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Even by BCCI's own low standards, this is just jaw-dropping news. The prominence of IPL is not cast-in-stone, if ever there was any doubt about it.

Posted by sumit176 on (July 21, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

@mayan priyadarshana ...they can afford to do that also as it is BCCI not your slc

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (July 21, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Statchin is the epitome of greed. Shame!

Posted by loudmouth on (July 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

HAHA! Can't believe the BCCI at times! This is a dangerous sign and tells you exactly where their priorities are - maintaining the IPL and not doing anything to jepodise the huge cash cow it is! Fair enough I guess - it's just T20 doesn't have a whole lot of soul to my taste and we're going to lose some great future Indian Test players because of this. And it's spreading. Already Pietersen wants to miss the NZ Test series in England to get his full season's 2 million from Delhi. Shame.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

This is funny to hear.i think this lot of players and administrators going to kill the game by this period by using the money for those who playing now. can argue money was spread our to former players. is there anything for future player and future development of cricket. why tendulkar don't have money??? This guy too much money minded..

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Guys,,,,try to understand....its done in order to prevent players from hiding injuries to play in IPL...remember sehwag, gambheer and zaheer...if players would be assured that they would be getting money without playing in IPL,,,,these cases will decrease.....Fantastic decision

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

hmm compensation for playing for india, serving the nation and getting injured and not able to grab a fat and fast pay cheque in IPL, maybe the players in upcoming years will get anti-injury insurance policies - this trend will be a revolutionary one in cricket.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

What a ridiculous scheme. Surely the BCCI's money would be better spent on youth cricket or on sending some young players abroad to play in more 'alien' conditions rather than lining the pockets of already fabulously wealthy young men ? It's not at though Tendulkar is short of a bob or two....

Posted by Kapil_Choudhary on (July 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

While the decision obviously sounds ridiculous and makes it seem as though IPL comes first, the fact is that it is based on practical logic. We have seen way too many players continue to play IPL even when they are injured - as thats where the money is - and then sit out of India matches due to aggravated injuries. Virender Sehwag delayed surgery last year, Varun Aaron played this year in IPL despite not having recovered completely. If this policy dissuades players from playing IPL while still carrying injuries (as players will be paid their IPL monies whether they actually play IPL or not), then I am all for it (even though it is wrong on principle as national board should not have to compensate earnings loss due to missing a domestic league)..

Posted by neerajprasher on (July 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Um, what are the BCCI trying to do exactly? I think this was totally unnecessary.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

So by not doing anything these guys get payed

Posted by lokphy on (July 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@asvirk: I like your comment. I would like to add one thing: This compensation scheme is good and in addition to that our main players should not be allowed to play all IPL matches. Play them only in important matches to avoid injuries in IPL. But since they also get chance to earn money through IPL, they should be given full amount they would get while playing all matches. This way also helps to allow local players to show their talents and get experience.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

how abt bcci start paying foreign players who misses international games due to ipl injuries

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Sachin is getting too avaricious!!!!! High time to throw him out....

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (July 20, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

good decision because BCCI has lots of money and if they don't take care of their players then who will. Great job BCCI. India won the WC because of these players so nothing wrong in giving them money if they get injured during that time frame.

Awesome job BCCI. ECB just learn from BCCI how to support your players instead of not thinking about KP who just won WC for them. ECB don't deserve any WC any more.

Posted by Ramski1 on (July 20, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

So does that mean the IPL franchises will compensate the BCCI when players injured in the IPL miss India games! Once again the priorities of Indian cricket exposed. In 5 years India will be a shockingly bad test team. Sad state of affairs for Indian test cricket fans.

Posted by akasavani on (July 20, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

unbelievable. BCCI must surely be able to find better excuses to dole out more cash to SRT.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (July 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Looks like even the BCCI is implying, implicitly, that the IPL takes precedence. That playing IPL cricket is as important as playing for Team India. Which is completely wrong.

Posted by karthick1983 on (July 20, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

What happens if a player injures in IPL or CLT20 there by he misses the oppourtunity for representing india.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

This is a wonderful gesture from BCCI.Wow! Glad to know Indian players are looked after by BCCI so well.

Posted by ttechlaw on (July 20, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

This is a pretty unique development. I say this because a cricket player's main job/contractual liability is to play for India/BCCI, and secondary job is IPL duty. If it was soccer or NBA, where a player is contracted to play for his club through the year, and is only lent for part time duty to represent one's country, I can understand players being compensated for missing playing time, sort of a disability insurance coverage. If one of the team members of the US basketball team get's injured during the oncoming Olympics, he is NOT going to be compensated for missing time by United States Basketball Federation. This incestous relationship between BCCI and IPL's governing board must stop. Otherwise IPL will lose credibility and ruin a great league. IPL truly must be independently run. Just my two aannaas.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

I am sorry to say abundance of funds doesn't mean wasting it in such things. Aren't these players been paid enough already? These funds can be spent to improve cricket infrastructure within India and to groom new talent on all levels. Look at Indian bowling, especially fast bowlers. Even Bangladeshi spinners are better than their Indian counterparts.

Posted by asvirk on (July 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

A very commendable decision to compensate the contracted players who receive injuries while playing for India, such compensation must be given to not only to the contracted players but all the players receiving injuries while playing for India. But giving such compensation for not able to play in IPL is unthinkable for giving prudence to IPL over nation. IPL has not been given Window by ICC yet. Rather it should be other way round, any contracted player unable to play for India on account of having received injuries while playing IPL should be compensated by his Franchise but even the Franchise must compensate the Board for unavailabilty of such player. Nation come first and not IPL.

Posted by dheerajshetty on (July 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

So will the IPL teams compensate Indian Fans when they pick up injuries during IPL games?

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Old age struck me (much worse than a toe injury, or side strain) before I could develop enough cricketing talents to play either in IPL or Champions trophy. Will I get compensation, from BCCI? Since, I am not rich enough, perhaps not!

Posted by VSinha29 on (July 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

hahaha..this is hilarious!! give that money to some lesser known domestic players

Posted by correctcall on (July 20, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

And Vice Versa Mr Srinivasan ?????

Posted by   on (July 20, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

why is Yuvraj not in the list?

Posted by Romenevans on (July 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

LOL, Do they even need that money? BCCI sounds like a treasure for all these players.....Money rain just never seems to matter if you perform or account just keep ticking.

Posted by Srini88 on (July 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Outright arrogance and unnecessary. I think they dont know what to do with surplus money. Indian Govt should cancel all subsidies to the BCCI

Posted by shayom2001 on (July 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I don't feel these players should be compensated...anyways there are getting so so much of what is again the need for compensation....really don't understand....rather BCCI should try to donate this amount to the past lesser known players....that would really be a nobel gesture....

Posted by Tomek on (July 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Could the BCCI honestly be ANY more laughable? I mean really, how will these cricketers feed their kids without this 'compensation'...? We should do a whip around, I'm sure we could buy some dahl lest Dhoni not be able to eat!

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