J&K coaching staff await payment for 2019-20 national season

It has been almost a year and a half since the Jammu and Kashmir team contested the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Karnataka in February 2020. But coaches and support staff have yet to receive their payments for the 2019-20 season.

The players received their payments at the end of last year. The coaching staff – including head coach, mentor, physio, coaches, video analysts – are still awaiting their season payouts.

Many members of the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) believe the delay could be due to state unity. The coaches, however, say they have heard nothing from State Unity or the Council, despite several emails and letters.

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Ashiq Ali Bukhari, who was the CEO of the JKCA until recently, said Sports star that the association had sent the invoices to the BCCI shortly after the quarter-final. There was no response. “We had written emails to the Council for clarification, but we heard nothing. In March of last year, the country went into a lockdown. And with the COVID pandemic, things didn’t. does that delay, ”Bukhari said.

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During the 2019-2020 season, the Jammu and Kashmir team were coached by Milap Mewada, while former India international Irfan Pathan was the mentor. Former strength and conditioning trainer from India, Sudarshan VP, was the fitness trainer. A few former local cricketers have been appointed as video analysts, physio and other support staff.

But before the shortened 2020-21 season, most contracts were not renewed. State units have hired local coaches for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Although Pathan was not available for comment, several people confirmed to this post that coaching staff and coaches received nothing for the 2019-20 season except per diem. The cumulative amount is approximately Rs 1.5 crore.

BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal said the process could take time as it concerns state unity. The Board will check the details and see the terms and conditions of the agreement between the management staff and the government unit before taking a disbursement call.

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According to protocol, state units must increase bills after the season. The BCCI will process the verification after payment.

In March, the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir ordered the BCCI to look into the JKCA cricket cases. At its board summit meeting in April, the board set up a committee – headed by Rajeev Shukla and Dhumal – to start operations.

The JKCA was previously headed by a committee headed by Administrator Justice (retd) CK Prasad, with Bukhari acting as CEO. During the 2018-19 season, when Pathan joined as a player-mentor, 50% of support staff salaries were paid by the board mid-season. The remaining amount was settled at the end of the season.

But there was no communication this time around. “Even if there are legal or other issues, the state unit and BCCI should ensure that the coaching staff is better communicated. There has to be clarity,” said a former member of the board. , aware of evolution.

Last week the UK The telegraph reported that members of the Indian women’s cricket team did not receive their cash prize for the T20 World Cup last year, as a result of which the board asked the players to issue an invoice.

Several actors from various state units have yet to hear from the board of directors on the compensation package – proposed by BCCI at its annual general meeting in Ahmedabad last year – for the shortened 2020-2021 season. . It could be discussed at the special general meeting on Saturday.

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