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Why India's Under-19 Team Coached By Rahul Dravid Has No Money For Dinner

Uh oh.

08/02/2017 8:50 AM IST | Updated 08/02/2017 9:23 AM IST
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A file photo of India's under-19 team during the World Cup cricket final between India and West Indies.

When the Supreme Court removed BCCI President Anurag Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts, saying cricket "is not a personal turf or fiefdom", it didn't quite think of what impacts in can have on a bunch of young cricketers.

India's Under-19 cricketers, their coach Rahul Dravid and and their support staff are yet to receive their daily allowances. According to an Indian Express report, the junior cricketers have gone for half-a-month without their entitled allowance of Rs 6,800 per day.

The players are now forced to buy their own dinner after matches.

After the SC removed Shirke along with BCCI president Anurag Thakur, there is no official signatory to release funds for the cricketers. There's also the problem of demonetisation-- cash withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 per week.

"We are put up in a posh hotel in Mumbai where a sandwich costs over Rs 1,500. Players have no option but to step out for a meal after a tiring day on the field," a player told Express.

Oddly enough, they have no one to complain either.

Last month, the SC bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur issued a showcause notice to Thakur, under charges of perjury and contempt of court, for allegedly lying under oath in his attempt to block implementation of measures proposed by the court-appointed Lodha committee.

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