The debate around the reported ‘gender biased’ BCCI took a new turn on Wednesday when the BCCI shut down all the reports of women’s cricketers not being paid for eight months of unemployment, citing that they were ‘incorrect’. Recently, the BCCI announced the list of centrally contracted women cricketers for October 2020 to September 2021 period and four women – Veda Krishnamurthy, Ekta Bisht, Anuja Patil and D Hemlatha were excluded from the list. However, there were few promotions as Richa Ghosh and Shafali Verma were awarded for their performances.
Four cricketers won’t be paid as per the contract: Reports
This month, the BCCI announced contracts for the period starting October 2020 but the four cricketers – Veda, Bisht, Patil and Hemlatha, who were excluded from the contract, were a part of the Indian squad since October 2020. It was reported by The Telegraph that these four cricketers would not be paid for their services in the period and the BCCI isn’t quite amused with the rumours.
As reported by Zee News, a BCCI official has cited these reports as ‘absolutely false’ and also clarified that the BCCI will play every player. “This is absolutely false. Every player is paid in accordance with the terms of the contract with the BCCI,” the official said.
BCCI official says that the reports are based on ‘incorrect advice’
“The payments have been made for the contracted period. The claim made in the story essentially assumes that a contract existed for almost eight months for which they would not be paid. This is incorrect, and I can only conclude that this is on the back of incorrect advice,” the official added as quoted by Zee News.
“If a contract ended in September 2020 and the payments have been made in relation to that contract, it is wrong to imply otherwise.”
Earlier, there was a report in The Telegraph saying the Indian Women’s cricketers weren’t awarded their cash prize by the BCCI since the T20 World Cup Final in March 2020. It was after the report, that the BCCI released a statement, saying that they will award the money in the coming week. An official also explained that they have tightened the financial department further.