Indian Premier League September 30, 2011

Players chase unpaid IPL 2010 money

ESPNcricinfo staff

Simon Katich and Ramnaresh Sarwan are among a group of cricketers still owed contract payments from the BCCI for the 2010 Indian Premier League.

FICA, the international cricketers' representative body, has revealed that the money has remained unpaid for more than 18 months despite numerous entreaties by the players and their management. Tim May, the FICA, chief executive, said no response had been forthcoming.

"A number of players whose contracts were 'subsidised' by the BCCI, have recently contacted FICA to assist in recovering the amounts owed by the BCCI," he said. "These amounts relate to IPL 3, which was held in March-April in 2010. Affected players include Simon Katich and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

"Despite numerous attempts by the players to recover these amounts, not only do the amounts still remain unpaid, but the IPL and the BCCI have recently failed to respond to communications made by the players and their representatives.

"FICA last month wrote to the IPL Chairman Mr Chirayu Amin on behalf of the players to draw his attention to the matter, but to date, neither we nor the players have received a response to this matter.

"We trust with the recent appointment of Mr N. Srinivasan as President of the BCCI, and the appointment of Mr Rajiv Shukla as Chairman of IPL, that these two gentlemen will ensure that BCCI will address these payments as a matter of urgency."

Neither Katich nor Sarwan took part in the 2010 IPL, but were still under contract to King's XI Punjab, having been signed for three years after the initial player auction in 2008.

The episode follows the saga of T20 Champions League prize money being delayed by months after the 2010 tournament, with the boards of some countries including Australia and South Africa choosing to pay the money themselves rather than wait for it to arrive from the subcontinent.

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  • Mick on October 2, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: "Affected players INCLUDE Simon Katich and Ramnaresh Sarwan." - Not LIMITED to those two. Honestly, the world would be a better place if people took the time to understand an issue (or simply read an article) before shooting their mouths off. Sarwan's performances are irrelevant unless he signed a performance-based contract.

  • Amit on October 1, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    BCCI is the best run sports organization in India...Sad truth…

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    these ipl and clt20 are only profits gainers for BCCI so they don't care who is paid and who is not

  • Senthil on October 1, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Some people here think there is no need to pay rent for the house when we go on vacation! That silliness apart, these defaults seem minor in comparison to the scale of the league itself. I for one am really sick and tired of seeing some people's glee whenever something negative comes out about the IPL. Sorry, my friends, the IPL is here to stay. Nothing that grows to $4bil in 4 years will die a quick death. Franchise cricket is here to stay and will wipe out Test cricket, and I am happy to see the five day poor man's valiant show vanish.

  • sri on September 30, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    @Andrew McLeod and @ All Aussies Sorry we all thought players r paid on pro rata basis.Is it not true?Then why only 2 players are complaining? Poor katich. We all know he gave his best to the country and have seen what he got. After all ,this Circuss isn't such a bad thing for these players.

    OTOH why on earth is sarwan thinking he can get the money? Has any body noticed his recent performance. He let down us, neutrals.

  • sajjo on September 30, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    they are still owed money after so long? and yes when u are contracted for 3 years, the franchise owes u money even if u dont get selected to play

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Its Funny to see everyone shooting away their opinions without actually knowing the wordings of the contract documents. It would be better if we all pass our judgments on this situation after we read the contract terms and see who is in the right.

  • Tom on September 30, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    I am not very fond of IPL but here it's look like these players are demanding paid vacation for whole year which is very funny. Whether you are on contract or not it's as simple as that " If you don't work you won't get paid".

  • Nagaraju on September 30, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    players should quit the IPL and CL...! later BCCI take right decision to stop IPL and CL :)

  • Moses on September 30, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    We were all made to believe that IPL franchises were making big profits and had huge valuations, etc. In fact many are bleeding for cash and have no money to pay the players. This seems like some big fraud.

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