BCCI paid Windies Board $250,000 for Tendulkar’s farewell series

Sachin Tendulkar’s hugely followed farewell Test series in October-November came at a price to the BCCI — $250,000 (approximately Rs 1.5 crore) to be precise.

The BCCI has paid this amount to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on a specific request from it, said a top BCCI official. This money, according to the official, is actually the “reimbursement” that the West Indies Cricket Board had sought. The official also pointed out that the BCCI was not obliged to pay anything to the WICB as worldwide tours for many years have been taking place on reciprocal basis, meaning that no guarantee money is paid to the Board sending its team to the host country.

The home series against the West Indies, comprising two Tests and three One-day Internationals, was not originally scheduled for the 2013-14 home season, nor was it mentioned on the ICC Future Tours Programme, to which BCCI is not a signatory, anyway, the only series scheduled at home was against Australia, which played seven ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 International. But after India’s tour to South Africa was shortened due to a dispute between the two Boards, the BCCI invited the West Indies for the series during which Tendulkar completed 200 Tests.

The official disclosed that it was only during a recent working committee meeting that members came to know that the WICB had requested the BCCI for a reimbursement of $250,000 towards the travel costs of the squad to India and the money spent on obtaining visas etc.,

This payment was unusual as Boards hosting a team these days take care of all the boarding and lodging expenditure, but no money is paid to the Board of the touring team.

The system of the home Board paying its counterpart for sending its team was discontinued more than 10 years ago, according to former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Source: Yahoo Cricket India

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