• India Women still owed WC prize money

    The India Women’s team are yet to receive their prize money for reaching the 2020 World Cup final in Australia, which was won by the hosts.

    India faced Australia at a capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground more than 14 months ago but a recent report indicates the BCCI, India’s cricketing governing body, are yet to pay the players and staff for their efforts.

    Tom Moffat, CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (Fica), told Telegraph Sport that the issue of payment has been going on since August last year.

    ‘Prize money is payable to players for their on-field performance in pinnacle events and the late non-payment of money owing to players is unacceptable,’ Moffat said.

    ‘We encourage players in India to consider getting organised as part of a players’ association so they, and the game in India, can benefit from collective player representation in the same way that their fellow professionals around the world do.’

    It remains the ICC’s responsibility to commence the payment either directly to the players or the country’s governing body, in this case the BCCI.

    The India Women’s team also didn’t play any cricket for nearly year due to the Covid-19 pandemic until they faced South Africa in an ODI and T20I series earlier this year.

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    Andre Huisamen