The dual blow of absence of an official signatory in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 due to demonetisation has resulted in the junior cricketers going for half-a-month without their entitled allowance of Rs 6,800 per day.
India U-19 are playing England colts in the 5 one-day international series followed by a Test rubber, but they are depending on money from their parents to fend for themselves for dinner after play.
As per an Indian Express report, "sources confirmed that the players were told the BCCI does not have an official signatory to sign on daily allowance cheques - all payments need to have the approval of the secretary. After Shirke was shown the door, along with BCCI president Anurag Thakur, the board is left with joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary. But for one of them to become the new signatory, the board's members will have to pass a new resolution."
Expressing its inability to release funds the board has asked the cricketers to fend for themselves and the DA will be sent to the players and support staff after series gets over.
"We have decided that once the series gets over, we will send DA directly to the accounts of players and support staff. Even in BCCI, there are lots of problems, as we don't have a signatory and we can't pay anyone," the official was quoted by the report as saying.
One of the cricketers was also quoted by the news daily as saying that the players have to go out of the hotel for dinner after a tiring day because even a sandwich in the posh hotel, where the players are staying, costs nearly Rs 1500.
However, the breakfast is complimentary at the hotel while lunch is provided to them by Mumbai Cricket Association, which is hosting the matches.
The BCCI's worries were compounded by the lack of funds with every association writing to the national board about their problem to hold the games if funds were not sanctioned.
The board on the other hand is undergoing through transformation due to fall out of implementation of Lodha panel's recommendations.