The England and Wales Cricket Board is in a process to monitor the payments received for its English players from the BCCI. It follows the confirmation by Surrey's Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, on Tuesday (April 16) that the ECB is paid a set percentage of a player's IPL salary from the BCCI and keep those sums centrally without directly passing any of it back to the impacted counties. Although Stewart said the figure had risen from 10% to 20% of salaries this season.
According to reports in Cricbuzz, there is not a definite information regarding the money which is given to the players. The ECB is not alone in receiving these payments. All governing bodies receive such monies from the BCCI but Stewart maintained he and other Directors of Cricket have been kept in the dark about them and only discovered the arrangement at a meeting of county chiefs at Edgbaston last Tuesday, chaired by Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon.
An ECB Spokesman said: "Since 2015, ECB has ensured that any sums received centrally in relation to England qualified player participation in the IPL has been reinvested in marketing the domestic programme to the benefit of all first-class counties. The ECB board has determined that given the increasing number of players from England and Wales now participating in the IPL, the time is right to review the policy and it will consider the outcomes in the context of the overall financial investment it makes to counties going forward."
However, in the going IPL, the England players who are playing in the IPL are annoyed at this step by the ECB. On the one hand when they are promoting their players to play the IPL, missing a county season is bringing criticism for them as well and the England players are finding themselves in the middle of it all.
This year, Surrey's Jason Roy and Tom Curran, two of the county's most valuable players, have been signed by IPL franchises and there are 12 English players in total involved. "At the moment, the players take the hit," Stewart said on Tuesday. "But if we get the 20 percent compensation coming from the IPL then I would argue the player should only be paying a daily rate, 1/365th, rather than the one percent. I think that would be fair."
With inputs from Cricbuzz