The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to provide compensation to more than 500 match officials in Indian cricket for the curtailed 2020-21 domestic season due to COVID-19.
The apex body also recently introduced graded match-fee for senior men’s and women’s cricketers and approved 50% of the 2020-21 Ranji Trophy edition’s match-fee for those who missed out on the last year’s tournament.
However, for the match officials, this was not the case. The apex council decided against including match officials such as match referees, umpires, scorers, and video analysts in their compensation package for last season.
A BCCI official in an interview said, “Most of the match officials are employed elsewhere on a permanent basis, so their primary source of income wasn’t affected.”
He further added, “Besides, a majority of them were assigned at least a few games during the limited season we could host, so it was decided to consider only the cricketers who missed out on Ranji Trophy for the compensation package.”
The under-25 players who will feature in the match will now get a remuneration of Rs 25,000 per day instead of the current Rs 17,500 while the reserves will get Rs 12,500 per day instead of Rs 8,750. The board has also increased match day fees for under-19 and under-16 players as well as senior women’s team and junior women players.