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September 30, 2011
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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