The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the world’s richest cricket board, has not paid its 27 elite contracted players since October 2019.

The board is yet to pay match fees for the two Tests, nine ODIs and eight T20I games that the national team has played since December 2019.

The total amount which is paid by the BCCI every year when all grades clubbed together is Rs 99 crore, which includes the match fees for each Test (Rs 15 lakh), ODI (Rs 6 Lakh) and T20 (Rs 3 lakh).

Grade A+ cricketers, including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, receive Rs 7 crore annually. Grade A players get 5 crores, grade B gets Rs 3 crore, and grade C is allotted Rs 1 crore.

The balance sheet of the cricket board revealed that it has a bank balance of Rs 5,526 crore, as of March 2018, including Rs 2,992 crore in fixed deposits.

The Indian Express report further stated that the payment of domestic players from different states including Jharkhand, Mumbai, Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Pondicherry, Baroda, Railways, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh has not been done either.

Meanwhile, The governing council of the Indian Premier League is likely to meet on August 2 to finalize the schedule for the upcoming IPL and discuss other arrangements for the IPL event that is to be held in the UAE this year, as per media reports.