Two of the BCCI working group members Saurashtra’s Jaydev Shah and UP’s Yudhvir Singh have stated that all age-group cricketers should be compensated for the loss of games last season and not just Ranji players.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recently formed a working group consisting of former players and current administrators in order to work out a solution to the domestic players’ compensations for lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the panel include former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Karnataka’s Santosh Menon, Assam’s Devajit Saikia, CAB’s Avishek Dalmiya, Uttar Pradesh’s Yudhvir Singh, and Delhi’s Rohan Jaitley.
I Feel Compensation, Whatever The Amount May Be, Should Be Given To All Age-Group Cricketers: Jaydev Shah
Jaydev Shah, former Saurashtra captain, said that the solution as to how compensation will be given to the cricketers and the quantum of the payout will be decided by the working group after due consultation with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and President Sourav Ganguly.
“The working group has just been formed and we will work with the guidance of Jay bhai (BCCI secretary). A time frame has not been set yet but I feel compensation, whatever the amount may be, should be given to all age-group cricketers,” Jaydev told PTI.
A domestic player earns ₹15-16 lakh per season but it was not the case last season with the Ranji Trophy being canceled for the first time in 87 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the T20 and 50-over competitions were held at the senior level.
“It is only one of our tasks (compensation package). We will also give our inputs to the board on how to conduct the season. As far as compensation goes, we should definitely look at the U-19 and U-23 cricketers also. COVID has robbed them of a crucial year. All the members will meet soon and discuss the way forward and the BCCI will take the final call,” Yudhvir Singh said.
The 2021-2022 season domestic season begins with the women’s one-day competition in September-October while the men start the year with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in October-November. Ranji Trophy will be staged from November 16 to February 19.