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Players chase unpaid IPL 2010 money

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 30, 2011

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Simon Katich chops the ball away, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, 27th match, Port Elizabeth, May 3, 2009
Simon Katich is still owed IPL money © AFP
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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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Posted by Mitcher 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.

Posted by wolf777 on (October 1, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by sweetspot 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.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan 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.

Posted by sajjodaalman 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by likeintcricket 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".

Posted by Tatsache on (September 30, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

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

Posted by crikbuff 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.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Cricket in India is badly run? Stop the presses!

Posted by SagirParkar on (September 30, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

shame on the BCCI and the IPL for this.. all that money they get the least they could is pay the players on time !

Posted by liaqathussain on (September 30, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

very shamefull from ipl.... they should deduct the money from the cheerleaders and pay these players,, lol

Posted by robheinen on (September 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Cricket is not about cricket anymore, for anyone who failed to notice. Cricket is about money. Usually the one's running the show are better at grabbing money than cricketers, who, logically are beter at cricket, otherwise they would have been money grabbers instead of cricketers. Each their own profession. I say 1 - 0 to the money grabbers.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

Shocking - An overinflated product having difficulty financing itself. Amazing - who would have thought?

Posted by crikbuff on (September 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Hopefully all cricketers will come together and boycott IPL. IF not, the fans should realise that IPL is causing serious damage to world cricket. We all saw what happened to the Indian team in England. Also West Indies team is split because of IPL. If this continues, test cricket will die very soon.

Posted by Rajesh.jk on (September 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

AS FAR AS I KNOW IN IPL YOU WILL ONLY GET PAID IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FRANCHISE FOR THE PARTICULAR MATCH. IRRESPECTIVE OF PLAYING OR SITTING ON THE BENCH. I THINK THEY EVEN PAY WHEN U R INJURED. I DONT THINK ITS FAIR TO ASK FOR SOMETHING YOU HAVEN'T DONE.RIGHT?

Posted by Governor on (September 30, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

The rise of Indian Cricket as a superpower is a farce. The perception Indian Cricket has shown over the pass 3 years is not real. At the end of the day, they do not have the cash flow to pay the bills!!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

@Kavindeven: Not sure whether you are from Chennai and been to the stadium. I was there for both the matches that has taken place in the CL. The first match against the MI was packed and for the match against TT, not packed but still a decent crowd on a weekday. Incase if you are watching in TV and seeing empty stands, the reason is due to an ongoing issue with the State Govt on ticket prices especially after the entertainment tax was levied by the local govt on IPL and CL. Therefore TNCA has stopped selling the tickets and therefore two or three stands wore a look since they are complementary stands for which the State Govt wants to levy Entertainment tax. Infact Champions league have bought back the interest in T20 thanks to the close encounters. All said and done, m a big fan of Test Cricket!!!

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 30, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Can understand, Katich and Sarwan were chasing runs, now they are chasing money that is what happens to any cricketer when he finishes palying for his National team..SO the question is 'What is wrong if players are selfish to make some extra bucks during thier playing career'?..

Posted by Aspraso on (September 30, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Whether they are to be paid or not paid -- BCCI should atleast respond to FICA and state its position on the subject. BCCI is one of the richest sporting organisation (mind you, cash rich not simply rich on paper) but it's working ethos is one of the poorest.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

did they both were part of same franchise :D Punjab Power :D

Posted by indianzen on (September 30, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

Thats bad, really bad. when sport is their living, payment should be made when the tournament was complete...

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

katich needs to hold another press conference.....this is another bridge he can burn.

Posted by puntertakeson on (September 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

@Vyas Sanzgiri its a per match basis. IPL is pro rata payment, contracted on pro rata.It is surprising how people blindly comment on something they don't know. Cricinfo should publish how contractual terms were made between Players and IPL, then only people would have idea of it.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

@Dev_Anand - was gonna reply to you, but i see that everyone already has. Think about it. If you go on leave for your wedding, or if a family member is in hospital, does your company hold back that pay? Because as part of your employment contract, all this is taken care of. SImilarly, the IPL contracts guarantee a yearly salary that is payable irrespective of how many matches the player plays

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

@Dev_Anand: They signed a three year contract with a guaranteed yearly salary. Why should they not be payed? The IPL franchises signed these big name stars knowing they wouldn't be available for every game. They can't turn around now and just refuse to pay them because they were playing for their countries. Countries should always come ahead of circus cricket.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

@Dev_Anand : Contractual obligations bust be honoured despite having played or not. Other option would have been a buy out of the contract by the franchise.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 30, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

Empty Stadiums In CLT20 matches (Even when Chennai playing LOL), Sponsors going away...what would expect to happen? This is just the beginning of people losing their interest from cricket. Why? Because people want their players to put country first, not some city or club.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

Because they were part of dugout. They made themselves available for that matches. So they have to be paid

Posted by Lees_Legends on (September 30, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

@Dev_Anand: Because they were signed to a contract

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

cause its a contract...whether they play or are injured. not on per match basis

Posted by AidanFX on (September 30, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

@ Dev_Anand - Don't talk such nonsense friend. They were contracted with their respective teams. That means they trained hard with their teams and would have taken part in various club meetings and so forth.

Posted by Dev_Anand on (September 30, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

Why should they be paid when they did not take part in the tournament?

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