The Indian women cricketers, who were part of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, and played the final against Australia, haven’t received their prize money share from the USD 500,000. However, they will get it by the end of this week. A senior BCCI official on Sunday has confirmed this and also said that the transactions have been processed and the players are likely to receive their share soon as well.
Notably, the development has come after a report in The Telegraph has claimed that BCCI is yet to give the runner’s-up prize money of the Women’s T20 World Cup team, which happened in February-March last year in Australia. However, the Indian team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, had lost to Australia in the final in front of over 86K people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“The members of the Indian women’s cricket team will be getting the share of their prize money by the end of this week. The transactions have been processed and I am expecting that they will receive their share very soon,” the senior board functionary told PTI.
As per the @TelegraphSport article, Australia's players were paid their prize money in April, and England's by May at the latest.
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While he was asked about the delay, he said: “We received the prize money amount late last year.” However, the processing of payments does take around three to four months for all teams (across age groups). Moreover, the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai have remained shut due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country which led to delay as well.
“It’s not just one payment for women. Whether it’s the central contract of the men’s team, international match fees, domestic fees of men and women, everything is taking a bit of time because of the prevailing situation,” a former BCCI office-bearer, still associated with a state unit, said.
He further informed: “Even before the COVID situation worsened, the domestic season would end in March and the complete payments were only cleared by September. So, in this case you need to check when did BCCI receive the payments. If they received just after the tournament, then it’s a delay but processing does take some time. And to the best of my knowledge, it’s the same for both men and women.”