‘We didn’t receive any funds from BCCI’
Srinagar, Sep 14: With the blockade of funds by the authorities, the state’s cricket team is yet to receive the match fees and other allowances from past two years.
Talking to KNS, the state’s sports staff said that the following the blockade of funds by the court over the dispute between the two associations, the sports staff including cricket players, coaches, managers and others have not received any allowances since the year 2015.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) is mired in a fund scandal from 2012 and CBI sealed its bank accounts and is probing the case whose hearings are going on in the Supreme Court.
“We have not received any match fee and Travel Allowance (TA) from 2015 as the court has blocked the funds,” the staff said.
They said that despite not releasing the allowances and fee charges, the contract over the charges signed with the coaches and others has also not been followed since 2015.
The sports staff told KNS that as the Ranji trophy is nearer, but JKCA is yet to receive funds from Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) as well, which seems that the state team would likely miss the chance to participate in the tournament.
“As the funds for Ranji trophy are withheld, the players are not able to brace up for the tournaments which are on the threshold,” the sports staff said, adding that the government must intervene into these issues so that the sports staff could feel a sigh of relief.
The staff further said that they are immense hardships due to the official apathy regarding the withheld of match fee and other allowances.
They appealed the chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the concerned Minister, Imran Raza Ansari to look into the issues and release their match fees and other allowances at earliest.
Earlier, JKCA Vice Chairman Javaid Kitab had told KNS that the BCCI has not released the fund to the association and they have not been able to start training and preparation of cricketers for tournaments which are on the threshold.
“We followed the directions of the State’s High Court and filed the affidavit in the Supreme Court, but BCCI did not release the funds to us,” Kitab had said. (KNS)