Cricket teams of several age categories, as well as the staff of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), are waiting their ‘match fee’ by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) causing mental agony to them.
Sports persons and staff of the cricket association are being deprived of the match fee and other allowances from 2015 which has affected their performance and causing them mental trauma.
“JKCA is not serious in forwarding our documents to BCCI in time clear our dues instead it forwards documents of those persons who have affiliations with JKCA officials,” a group of cricketers said.
They alleged that Mithun Manhas, who was associated with JKCA as Head Coach had received his dues “but the local players and staff who represented state were neglected”.
“Manhas’s dues were released earlier without any delay by BCCI and it would not have been possible had JKCA not written to them. JKCA is embedded with nepotism now,” they said.
An official of JKCA pleading anonymity said that cricketers of all age groups including Ranji Trophy players, women cricketers, sports staff, and coaches have not received their due share.
“We are going through tough time. Though we had somehow managed last year but we can’t afford it anymore. We are suffering a lot. We are not able to meet basic needs of our family,” he said.
According to him, the cricket in the State is “dying a slow death” by the malpractices besides depriving players and officials of their due share.
JKCA coaches alleged that nepotism and favoritism is on rise in the association due to which players and coaches are suffering.
They also said that they had expectations from the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JKCA, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari for the withdrawal of funds for players and other officials but unfortunately that has not happened yet.
Official figures available on BCCI website reveal that it has released 7560000 for JKCA for the financial year 2015-16 and 2016-17 in favor of Mithun Manhas while as players and staff members have been ignored from the past three years consecutive.
However, CEO Bukhari blamed the previous administration for the delay in the same dereliction and said that the pending dues will be released in a couple of weeks by BCCI.
“We have forwarded the required documents to BCCI and we are hopeful that they will release the pending dues of players very soon,” he said.
He said it will take around three weeks to clear all the pending dues including match fee of players and other staff.
About Mithun Manhas, Bukhari said whosoever has forwarded his case they had sent his documents to BCCI first.
Pertinently, JKCA is mired in fund embezzlement case from 2012 and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has frozen its bank accounts and is probing the case.
Courtesy Rising Kashmir : (http://risingkashmir.com/news/players-staff-not-paid-match-fee-for-3-years-319849.html)