Players' unhappiness in end-of-season review put Australia coach Justin Langer in a spot
27 May 2021
India’s Women cricketers may well have a lot of reasons to be disappointed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India not holding any sort of discussion over the payment issues that have been flagged by various media reports in the past few days.
It was believed that the BCCI would take cognisance of the controversies rising around the non-payment of the Women’s cricketers in the Special General Meeting but the BCCI did not mention any of those issues in the press release. Reports have surfaced in the media that when the matter was brought up by a state association, president Sourav Ganguly and vice-president Rajeev Shukla downplayed the motion stating that it was not the agenda of the meeting.
A report in The Daily Telegraph opened the can of worms around players not getting their paycheck from the BCCI which led to highlighting the plight of domestic players. It was further reported in the media that the associates such as scorers and groundsmen have not received their salaries for the last two years as well.
The BCCI has been alleged of overlooking the women’s game in the country and not giving them enough financial assistance on par with the men. The contract system released earlier this month also attracted serious attention from its critics as the payment disparity between men’s and women’s players were rampantly evident.
The board has also received criticism for what was believed to be preferential discrimination of women cricketers. Some media reports had suggested that while the BCCI arranged a chartered flight for the men to assemble in Mumbai before flying to the UK, women were left to scramble for options by themselves. However, pictures shared by many women players on board with men players squashed the rumours.