Players of the disbanded IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) havent yet received 30 to 40 per cent of their promised payment from last season. In case of KTKs leading player from 2011,S Sreesanth,the unpaid amount comes to Rs 1.58 crores.
The figure due to foreign players is expected to higher. The delay in payment has surprised the players since BCCI was party to the tripartite contract they signed with the franchise.
There is a general feeling among the former KTK players,most of whom have been picked by other franchises,that they are in for the long haul as both the BCCI and the team owners are passing the buck and are refusing to address their problem. The aggrieved players allege that the team owners have stopped answering phones and the Indian board officials have virtually washed their hands of the issue.
Sreesanth confirmed to The Indian Express that he is yet to receive full payment for IPL-4. I havent got my payment yet,Im still to receive Rs 1.58 cr, he said. It is also learnt that wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel is waiting for an installment of Rs 50 lakh.
When contacted,the IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla refused to comment. Another top officials said their hands are tied. Players will have to go to court to get their dues. We have encashed the bank guarantee of Rs 150 cr but KTK has asked for arbitration. So we cant pay the players as of now, a top BCCI official said.
A representative of franchise made it clear that they had no intention of paying the players.
Mukesh Patel,chairman of Kochi Tuskers,said,There is no payment to be made from our side. In fact,its the BCCI,who has to pay us. They have not given our money back. As far as Kochi is concerned we have made payments to all our players,including all the support staff members.
The BCCI took the decision to terminate KTKs contract after the business group that bought the rights failed to pay their full bank guarantee.
Foreign players suffer too
Heath Mills,New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive,said,There has been an issue with regard to a certain amount of outstanding fees that Brendon McCullum is to receive from the Kochi IPL team. We have been trying to get in touch with people in the Kochi team,basically the owners but we havent got a response yet. At the moment no one is responding and it is unclear as to who is responsible. We are aware that the BCCI has advised players to take up the issue of non-payment of full fees with the Kochi team owners. As of now that is the route we are pursuing but if we continue to get no response we will have to consult the BCCI with regard to the next course of action.
On termination of the franchise,the BCCI had promised that it would look after the interests of the affected players. However,that hasnt happened. Kedar Jadhav who turned out for the Kochi Tuskers said,The communication from the BCCI has also been confusing. Jadhav who plays for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy had a two-year-contract worth Rs 20 lakh with the Tuskers. They still owe me 35 per cent of the money promised to me last year, Jadhav said.
Jadhavs teammate B Akhil has decided to take the franchise to court over the non-payment of his dues. I havent received 40 per cent of my fee for last year, Akhil said.
Akhil had signed a 2-year-contract worth Rs 30 lakh. The Indian cricket board should have ensured that the domestic players were accommodated in other teams.