The Indian Under 19 players and support staff are yet to receive their daily allowances. They are living in a plush hotel but don’t have money to eat dinner. The junior cricketers don’t have their allowances of 6.800 Rs per day. The players have to give money themselves or rely on their family members to give money.
Besides, said a BCCI official, the board has been hampered by the weekly cash withdrawal limit after the demonetization move. “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 said.
A member of the Under-19 team, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We are managing somehow. During match-days, one meal is organised by the host association and breakfast is complimentary at the hotel. But the biggest problem is dinner. 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.”
India Under 19 have won the ODI Series 3-1. This is a great achievement for Rahul Dravid team who has done wonders for Indian cricket after being the coach for India A and Under 19 teams. The likes of Prithivi Shaw have shown promise and could come soon into the Indian team.