BCCI worried about liabilities

Salary structure related discussions between the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on Thursday have not gone down well with majority of the BCCI members.

BCCI members are anxious about the potential liability of Rs. 4,952 crore on different accounts, turning into a reality.   -  AFP

Salary structure related discussions between the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on Thursday have not gone down well with majority of the BCCI members.

None of the office bearers were invited for the meeting. The BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary is seized of the matter of preparing a revised pay structure for players who feature in the BCCI domestic tournaments, and Finance Committee Chairman, Jyotiraditya Scindia, both for the national and domestic players.

BCCI members are anxious about the potential liability of Rs. 4,952 crore on different accounts, turning into a reality. The BCCI is facing cases pertaining to a claim of Rs. 2420 crore from the ED for alleged FEMA violation when the IPL 2009 was played in South Africa, Rs. 1250 crore related to legal cases (Kochi Tuskers Kerala and World Sport Group), Rs. 540 crore claim from the IT department, Rs.600 crore from the Sales Tax department, Rs. 90 crore from the Service Tax office and Rs. 52 crore from Competition Commission of India (CCI).

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“All policy decisions are run through the sub-committees, Working Committee and the General Body Meeting. Actually the raise in fee for a Test match was approved at an Emergent Working Committee (EMC) meeting in Mumbai in September 2016. Anurag Thakur was the President then. It could not be placed before a general body,’’ said a BCCI functionary. The Test match fee was raised to Rs. 15 lakh at the EWC.

At a meeting in New Delhi on March 22 and 23, 2017, the CoA with all its four members in attendance – Vinod Rai, Ramchandra Guha, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji — and also CEO Rahul Johri, revised the fixed component of the players remuneration from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crore (Grade A, men players), Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore (Grade B) and from Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh (Grade C). The CoA retained the Test match fee of Rs. 15 lakh, but increased the ODI match fee to Rs. 6 lakh and Twenty20 match to Rs. 3 lakh.

BCCI members have no idea of the above proposal being placed before the finance committee. There was one SGM meeting in Delhi where Scindia asked if his committee’s task was reduced to ratifying decisions taken by the CoA. “Payments to women cricketers were adopted at an SGM and the BCCI doubled the incentive money (the CoA announced Rs. 50 lakh ) to Rs. 1 crore to each member of the Indian team that won the series against Australia 2-1, but I don’s recall the approving the fixed component at an SGM ’’ said a BCCI member.

“They (Kohli, Dhoni and Shastri) did not talk about numbers, how much money should the players be paid etc. Looks like Anil Kumble’s proposal will be tweaked a bit. And the CoA also know that they have to take into account the BCCI liabilities. There is also the issue of what constitutes 26 % of Gross Revenue Share (GRS),’’ revealed a person who attended the meeting.