The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced via a press release on Sunday (June 20) that the cricketing body would be supporting the country’s athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics, set to begin next week.
It is also confirmed that domestic cricketers who have incurred losses due to the pandemic would receive compensations soon.
Key decisions taken at 8th Apex Council Meeting of BCCI
The BCCI in the 8th Apex Council Meeting (Emergent Meeting) took the following key decisions:
The Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from 23 July to 8th August 2021. The BCCI has decided to support Indian athletes in every form and manner it can. In that spirit, based on the request received from the IOA/MYAS, the Apex Council of BCCI has decided to extend support to the Indian Olympic Association and has pledged a monetary gesture of Rs. 10 crores.
The BCCI wishes all the athletes representing India in the Olympics all the very best and hopes that they return with more medals than ever before.
BCCI to form a Committee for compensation to Domestic Cricketers
The Apex Council has decided to form a committee to look into the issue of compensation for Indian domestic cricketers for domestic season 2020 and 2021. The Apex Council has mandated the Office Bearers of BCCI to form the committee and find a suitable compensatory mechanism for domestic cricketers, at the earliest possible.
Exactly a year ago, on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 impacted Indian cricket for the first time as the Board of Control for Cricket was forced to pause all forms of cricket. The break was longer than expected as the country entered the lockdown towards the end of March. The government did announce Unlock 1 in June but the COVID-19 cases kept the players away from the game.
This initiative is expected to benefit more than a thousand men and women cricketers. As per the BCCI Press Release, the general body decided to “form a working group in order to compensate the players, match officials and others involved in cricketing activity if they are not able to participate due to cancellation of cricket matches/tournaments owing to COVID-19”.