The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently paid Delhi Daredevils’ Mohammad Shami Rs 2.2 crores as compensation for missing the ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) due to injury. However, as soon as the story came out in the media, it created a new controversy; courtesy of a tweet by former Aussie batsman Brad Hodge.
— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) July 11, 2016
Now, another former Tuskers’ cricketer and one of the legends of the game Muttiah Muralitharan came out in the media and expressed his disappointment on non-payment of the long-pending dues, neither from Tuskers management, nor from the BCCI. Muralitharan said in an interview with Times of India that “I’ve played in so many leagues around the world, but no board has done something like this. Like the players, the board too is supposed to honour a contract. It shows that they don’t care for the players. They’re just bothered with running the tournament.” He further went on to say that “While guys like me and Mahela (Jayawardene) can still run our homes without this money, imagine the plight of the lesser-known players for whom $30-400,000 matter a lot. I’ve heard that some of the support staff, in fact, didn’t get 80% of their dues.”
The Kochi franchise was a part of the IPL in 2010 and later it was terminated by BCCI and all the cricketers were placed into auction for the following season. Apart from Hodge, Murali and Jayawardene, there are names like VVS Laxman, Brendon McCullum, Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel who are yet to receive a significant amount of their payment.“When it comes to the IPL, the Sri Lankan cricket board leaves you on your own. The BCCI doesn’t recognise FICA (Federation of International Cricketers), so there’s no point in going to them, and I don’t want to sue the BCCI in the Indian courts, because I know that the case will stretch for years. Legally, I and many other players had signed a two-year contract, so we should be paid even more. In this court battle between the BCCI and the Kochi franchisee, it is the players who got smashed,” Muralitharan said.