BAI president asks IBL commercial partner to clear player payments
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Barely a week after The Indian Express reported that payments of certain players who participated in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) were pending, the Badminton Association of India has directed the defaulting franchises to pay the outstanding amount immediately.
Pradeep Gandhe, the vice president of the Badminton Association of India said, "The IBL was a revolutionary experiment to uplift the economic situation of the players, and the players have to be paid."
Earlier, BAI president, Dr Akhilesh Dasgupta had released a statement asking the commercial partners of the IBL, Sporty Solutionz, to release the payment of the players immediately.
"We were shocked when we read media reports about non-payment of dues to players. I have personally asked the event company (Sporty Solutionz) to ensure all payments are cleared immediately and no player should complain," said Dasgupta.
Some of the foreign players, who were attached to different franchises of the IBL have been waiting for 25 percent to 50 percent of their contract amounts. Dasgupta said that the BAI was monitoring the situation closely.
"We are monitoring the situation closely till all payments are made to players. Any failure to do so will be dealt with strongly and action will be taken. We will also discuss this issue during the next Governing Council meeting and put a foolproof mechanism in place," he said.
As per the contract that the players signed with the franchises, the payment was split over four blocks of 25 percent each. Each of these blocks was to be released at pre-determined times, with the last 25 percent payable by September 15. However, more than two months later, a number of players are still waiting for their money.
Gandhe, the vice-chairman of the IBL governing council, said, "The Governing Council will look at this matter very closely. All the facts will be examined. The Governing Council will decide whether to let the franchises off with a stern warning or pursue with punitive action," he said. The Governing Council according to Gandhe is likely to meet at the end of this month, coinciding with the Senior Nationals in New Delhi.