The Rahul Dravid-coached India Under-19 squad have not yet received their daily allowances prompting them to rely on their families for money to have dinner. The dual blow of absence of an official signatory in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 due to demonetisation has resulted in the junior cricketers going for half-a-month without their entitled allowance of Rs 6,800 per day.
India U-19 are playing England colts in the 5 one-day international series followed by a Test rubber, but they are depending on money from their parents to fend for themselves for dinner after play. Also Read: India vs Bangladesh head-to-head: Virat’s men have the edge over the Bangla Tigers
According to The Indian Express, sources confirmed that the players were informed about the administrative issue in the BCCI. An official in the BCCI said the board has faced a lot of hindrance by the weekly cash withdrawal limit. “We have decided that once the series gets over, we will send DA directly to the accounts of players and support staff. Even in BCCI, there are lots of problems, as we don’t have a signatory and we can’t pay anyone,” said the official.
The Committee of Administrators (COA) appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the board’s functioning had allowed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to use its imprest account — for small, routine operating expenses — from a bank to pay the daily allowances of the senior team, which is in Hyderabad at the moment. However, sources said, the junior team — 18 squad members plus seven support staff — have been missed out.
“We are managing somehow. During match-days, one meal is organised by the host association and breakfast is complimentary at the hotel. But the biggest problem is dinner. We are put up in a posh hotel in Mumbai where a sandwich costs over Rs 1,500. Players have no option but to step out for a meal after a tiring day on the field,” a member of India’s U-19 team stated. Also Read: India vs Bangladesh: You can’t overlook Ajinkya Rahane’s 2 years of hardwork, says Virat Kohli
BCCI is undergoing a transformation due to fall out of the implementation of Lodha panel’s recommendations and removal of their president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke. Board worries were compounded by the lack of funds with every association writing to the national board about their problem to hold the games if funds were not sanctioned.