India women players finally receive T20 World Cup prize money
By Sarita Dey
on Tue May 25 2021
Nearly 15 months after they finished runners-up in the T20 World Cup. The India Women squad will finally receive its share of the prize money amounting to USD 500,000 (INR 3.5 crore approximately). ESPNcricinfo has learned that the BCCI on Monday asked the players to raise invoices to get their shares.
The development comes a day after the UK publication The Telegraph revealed. That the squad had not yet been paid its prize money. Other teams including Australia, won the World Cup. Receiving theirs soon after the tournament was over.
A senior board functionary for the Board of Control of Cricket in India told- Indian media that the delay arose because it received the prize money late last year. The processing of players’ payments takes around three to four months for all teams. The BCCI headquarters in Mumbai have remained shut due to the Covid-19 situation.
But Telegraph journalist Isabelle Westbury, who revealed the lack of payment, and Cricinfo refuted that argument.
“The BCCI received the prize money from the ICC by April 2020 latest. Not ‘late last year’,” Westbury tweeted.
Cricinfo said the ICC disbursed the prize money to the BCCI last March. Around a week after the final, played in front of a record 86,174 spectators on International Women’s Day (March 8) at the MCG.
Cricinfo reported the BCCI is learned to have disbursed all other payments owed to the players since March 2020. Including three installments of their central contracts fee for 2019-20, match fees, and appearance fees for the Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah last November.