In these times of cash crunch due to demonetisation, even the cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India is finding it difficult to meet basic payments and is under pressure big time.
Earlier, this month several travelling teams in the Ranji Trophy competitions struggled to meet the daily demands of plying their trade in India’s premier domestic competition. Vidarbha, who were playing a match in Eden Gardens, Kolkata were forced to contact the local governing body, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) as they had no cash left with them midway through the match. But due to the absence of bank notes that time, even CAB was unable to help the central Indian outfit.
Yesterday there were reports, that the West Indies women’s team, which was here to play a limited-overs series this month, had to go through the tour without receiving their daily allowance from the hosts-BCCI while the Indian Women team was denied DA due to withdrawal limit in banks.
During the second Test in the ongoing series between India and England – England cricket team is in India and the squad members were yet to receive daily allowances from the BCCI since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which covers this payment, was yet to be signed by the two Boards.
Each of the England squad member was supposed to be paid 50 pounds per day which is Rs 4200 approximately as per current exchange rate.
In another incident, as the Test series begun England’s fan group ‘Barmy Army’ faced the woes of demonetisation. The new rule of Indian government left the tourist stranded in many places for a couple of days. The manager of ‘Barmy-Army’ Andy Thomson stated his own problems. He went on to by some medicines with their old currencies which were not accepted at Rajkot. As Thomson didn’t have other currency notes the clinic didn’t let him go. So he had to call the assistant manager of the hotel where he was staying. The man from the hotel came and swiped his debit card and bailed out Thomson.
Not only this – the sale of tickets for the Test matches have also been affected due to demonetisation. The sale of tickets for the second Test, scheduled from at Vizag’s ACA-VDCA Stadium, was hit big time. The official capacity of the ground is 27,000, but only around 12,000 tickets were sold. And lots of empty stands were to be seen during tha match days.
This also led – The Andhra Cricket Association to announce free entry for fans on the opening day of the second Test between India and England. The crowd included about 5,000 school children who will be brought from different parts of the city, he said.
Despite this, India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli and India’s former batsman Virender Sehwag has backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to ban currency 500 and 1000 notes.
Sehwag said on the move of the government, that the decision may present some inconvenience but this step would actually help demonetization in the longer run.
During an interview with India Today, Viru told, “It was a good move and I felt while all of us can face inconvenience for a while, it’s good for the longer run.”
Kohli also backed this drive, calling it the “greatest move in history of Indian politics”.
“For me, it is the greatest move I have seen in the history of Indian politics by far, hands down. I have been so impressed by it. It’s unbelievable what’s happening,” said Kohli on the eve of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.