Cuttack / Bhubaneswar, Oct. 15: Odisha Cricket Association is awaiting payment of nearly Rs 1 crore from IPL team Deccan Chargers, which was recently disenfranchised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to clear its dues.
The former Hyderabad-based franchise, which had adopted Barabati Stadium in Cuttack as an alternative venue for its two matches in the last IPL season, was supposed to pay a total amount of Rs 60 lakh to Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) towards venue charges. Any state cricket association hosting IPL matches is entitled to receive guarantee money of Rs 30 lakh per match.
OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera said they had received only Rs 28 lakh and had therefore requested the BCCI to intervene in the matter.
“We have written to the BCCI regarding Deccan Chargers’ non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 1 crore, including Rs 32 lakh towards venue charges,” said Behera, adding miscellaneous expenses and service taxes added up to nearly Rs 1 crore.
Also, Odisha all-rounder Biplab Samantray, who had been signed up by the Chargers for Rs 30 lakh for IPL-V earlier this year, has so far received just Rs 10 lakh. The OCA secretary said he has not received any official complaint from the cricketer regarding the non-receipt of payment.
“But once he approaches us, we will certainly take up the issue with the BCCI,” he said.
At present, Biplab is playing a Duleep Trophy match in Visakhapatnam. He said he would meet the cricket association authorities once he returns to Cuttack.
“I will meet the OCA officials for help in this matter. At the same time, I feel very sad about the fact that Deccan Chargers is no more part of the IPL,” Biplab said.
The association officials also alleged that the former IPL team was yet to clear dues worth almost Rs 30 lakh of two contractors, who had been hired to take care of the food and catering services during the two matches on April 22 and May 1 against Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors, respectively.
Behera said he hoped that there would be no hassles in receiving the pending dues since the cash-strapped franchise must have deposited security fees with the BCCI for taking part in the IPL.
Officials of Hotel Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar, where Deccan Chargers had put up its players during the two matches here, said the franchise had made full payment to them towards accommodation and food bills.
Odisha actors Sabyasachi and Archita also maintained that the team had honoured the financial commitments made to them.
Nevertheless, the Chargers’ contract was terminated after Bombay High Court, on Friday, refused to allow it more time to furnish a bank guarantee of $19 million to stay in the Twenty20 extravaganza. The BCCI has now floated tender for a new team that could possibly be based out of Cuttack. It is one of the 10 cities shortlisted by the board as venue for the new franchise.
OCA president Ranjib Biswal said Cuttack was among the top three bidders at the last IPL auction and exuded hope that private individuals or major corporate organisations would come forward to bid for a local team for the league’s next season.