The Indian Premier League has not honoured the contracts of some foreign stars and not paid them despite repeated reminders, the world players' union said yesterday.
FICA chief Tim May
Simon Katich of Australia and Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies were among "a number of players that are owed contract payments", the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) said in a statement. "A number of players whose contracts were 'subsidised' by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have recently contacted FICA to assist in recovering the amounts," FICA chief executive Tim May said.
"Despite numerous attempts by the players to recover these amounts, not only do the amounts still remain unpaid, but the IPL/BCCI have recently failed to respond to communications made by the players and their representatives.
"FICA last month wrote to the (then) IPL chairman Mr Chirayu Amin on behalf of the players to draw his attention to the matter, but to date neither we nor the players have received a response," said May. The unpaid amounts relate to the third edition of the IPL in 2010, FICA said.
Neither Katich nor Sarwan took part in the IPL that year, but remained under contract with the King's XI Punjab, since they were signed for three years after the players' auction in 2008. May hoped the recent appointments of N Srinivasan as BCCI president and Rajiv Shukla as IPL chairman would help resolve the issue.