If reports from PTI are to be believed, then the Indian women team which played the final of the T20 World Cup 2020 against Australia in January 2020, will be getting their share of the USD 500,000 prize money this week.
India had lost the final of the tournament to hosts Australia in front of more than 80,000 people at the MCG but won the hearts of many. After this tournament, cricket for the Indian women team came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They only played international cricket recently when South Africa traveled to India for a white-ball series.
The Members Of The Indian Women’s Cricket Team Will Be Getting The Share Of Their Prize Money By The End Of This Week: BCCI Official Confirms To PTI
A big revelation came to the fore after UK’s Telegraph newspaper revealed that the Indian cricket board is yet to hand over the prize money to players who took part in the T20 World Cup last year. This led to the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) criticizing the BCCI.
However, now it has come to light, as a BCCI official confirmed to PTI that the money was transactions have been processed and the team members that participated in the T20 World Cup 2020, will receive the money this week.
“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. We received the prize money amount late last year,” the senior board functionary told PTI.
Payment Process From BCCI Delayed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
The processing of players’ payments in BCCI does take around three to four months for all teams (across age groups). But the ongoing COVID pandemic has meant that the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai has been closed for a major part of the last year and everything has been delayed.
“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. 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 BCCI received 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,” the official added.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s Indian team had lost the finals to Australia by 85 runs.