Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and controversies go hand in hand. Ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand scheduled to take place at the Ferozshah Kotla, DDCA once again finds itself in soup.
This time, it's the ground staff who have expressed displeasure over the association for not paying them their share of prize money for producing the best ground and pitch in IPL 2016.
Earlier this year, the ground staff at Feroz shah Kotla went on an indefinite strike just days ahead of the World T20. Although there won't be much drama ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand, officials in DDCA have told a leading newspaper that the ground staff have started voicing their discontent louder.
The BCCI had announced that a cash award of Rs. 12.5 lakh will be given to the DDCA for producing the best ground and pitch in the IPL.
The DDCA on its part had announced in June that the cash award will be distributed distributed among the ground staff.
But the ground staff are yet to receive the amount and with just 48 hours to go for the second ODI, the ground staff are still waiting for the share.
"Every groundsman was supposed to get around Rs 40,000-50,000 while curator Ankit Datta was slated to pocket around Rs 1.5 lakh. The sum is equal to some of the groundsman's two months' salaries. They have made plans with the festive season around. They are getting agitated," a DDCA official told TOI.
The DDCA on its part said that it is yet to receive the amount from the BCCI.
"We are still waiting for BCCI to transfer the funds to our account. Even the funds earned from hosting the World T20 matches haven't arrived," DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda said.
However, the BCCI in its website has clearly mentioned that all the IPL payments have been made.DDCA has always been the epicentre of controversy and with the second ODI at stake, it remains to be seen how the ground staff go about their business.
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