The BCCI Apex Council meeting will take place virtually.© AFP
The BCCI will ratify its sexual harassment prevention policy and deliberate on the much-delayed compensation package for domestic cricketers at its Apex Council meeting to be held on September 20. Until now, the board had no specific policy on complaints of sexual harassment. It had formed an internal committee after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against then-CEO Rahul Johri, who eventually resigned. Like the last meeting on June 20, the meeting agenda also includes a discussion of the compensation package for domestic cricketers for the COVID-19 hit 2020-2021 when the Ranji Trophy was not held for the first time, which dealt a financial blow to the players .
The BCCI had formed a working group to work out a compensation package, but the committee has yet to meet. It can finally meet for the Apex Council meeting and the cricketers hope the board will come to a decision at the earliest.
Interestingly, the compensation is also being considered for female cricketers for the loss of last season’s matches.
“Discussion on compensation for first-class cricketers (men and women) for the 2020-21 season”, read agenda item three.
The meeting is about to be held again as the office holders are expected to be in the UAE for the resumption of the IPL which will resume on September 19.
Also discussed are the “claims for infrastructure grants made by the national cricket associations that are more than two years old”.
Stock preparations for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in the UAE from October 17 after the IPL, and the 2021-2022 domestic season will also be taken.
The BCCI has pushed the start of the Ranji trophy to January as state units wanted it to happen after the white ball tournaments – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The T20 event will take place from October 27 to November 22, while the one-day competition will run from December 1 to 29.
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