IPL 2012 news August 5, 2012

FICA sidelined in IPL salary issue, says May


The IPL's "frustrating" refusal to recognise player representatives has sidelined the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA), reducing it to an advisory role, in the current payment dispute between Royal Challengers Bangalore and some of its top players, FICA chief executive Tim May has said. This is a departure from FICA's usual role in other similar disputes, where it deals directly with employers to bring about a resolution.

May said the Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers managements have not replied to correspondence from FICA regarding the salaries they still owe players. "We try to become directly involved but we never receive any responses from the Indian Premier League, which is frustrating for all," May said.

Several members of the Royal Challengers 2012 squad, including captain Daniel Vettori, are still awaiting the first instalment of their pay, while salaries are also owed to members of the Deccan Chargers side. May said FICA had advised players to make queries through their home boards, as FICA have been rendered powerless by the IPL's stonewalling. National cricket boards' requests for status updates on the outstanding payments were also yet to be answered, May said.

"The reality of the situation is we're sitting in the background advising the players on these particular issues. If they can't get addressed, we'll look into the matter in legal terms, how [we can] pursue these monies."

Payment delays such as this one and the ongoing issue with players and coaching staff who were a part of the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League, have led to FICA insisting on franchises providing bank guarantees for player salaries in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League.

Under every identical IPL contract, signed between the player, the franchise and the IPL, the players are due 15% of their fee for the season by April 1 (before the IPL or very early into it), 50% by May 1 (during the IPL or towards its end), 20% after the Champions League and 15% by December 1. It is understood that the players emailed the management after the season finished in May, but did not receive a straightforward response. Royal Challengers' franchise owners, the UB group, have recently hit financial strife, with owner Vijay Mallya's airline found to be in debt of $1.3b.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • dummy4fb on August 6, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Royal Challengers have problems...Deccan no money..Kochi Tuskers wound up...Rajasthan Royals want to sell off...Delhi ( i hear are also having problems)....so looks like it will be a 4 team league next time around...anymore who cant pay....i wont be shedding any tears for IPL..it never was going to make money ever...

  • dummy4fb on August 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    RCB which is part of UB owned by Dr. Vijay Mallya is in to financial problems, it has nothing to do with IPL.

  • CricFan78 on August 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Dont understand what Tim May is whining about. IPL has always said they dont recognise any player associations.

  • OttawaRocks on August 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    If you can't pay your players then you are not a professional league; you are a banana republic league. My heritage is from the subcontinent so I make my comments unbiasedly. I feel no matter what league you represent in the world, the players have to be paid what they are owed according to their contract.

  • sudhirrao on August 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Not just the owners of RCB are in financial trouble, if you go by newspapers even Deccan Chronicle the owners of Deccan Chargers are in serious financial problems

  • AlexPalmer90 on August 5, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Bad luck to the players. They should be more careful next time.

  • ShawnHolmes on August 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    All those months wasted playing in the Indian heat. The players should file a lawsuit and take some actions. It's the only way. Just see Cairns case against IPL head Modi as a great example.

  • dummy4fb on August 5, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Although i feel for the players involved this is good news for cricket in general. one can only hope that we will see the IPL and the Big Bash leage ect fold and the 20/20 format will go back to being played alongside ODDs and first class cricket with the same provincial/ state side playing all three forms thus allowing teams to build cultures and cricket to be played how it was ment to be.

  • dummy4fb on August 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    "people talking about bangladesh premier leage who just debut , but now look even ipl cant maintain its payment to the player , but no players still says they didnt get payment from bangladesh premier leage , it just fica that talking about ohh players didnt get payment from bangladesh premier leage , bcb has bank gurantee also incase anyone didnt get pay" siponus2007

    100% agree

  • borhans on August 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    FICA is the main problem creator .they abuse the league from where their players earn .Its like abusing is the only weapon they currently have .Its becoming a threat to every boards & creating unrest between players & boards .ICC should disband this kind of org who don't even know how to handle matter in a decent way other than quarreling like angry wife

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