DDCA will not reimburse the money Pradeep Sangwan spent on surgery
"We can’t bend rules for him. If we feel he is entitled to get the entire amount, he will get it," Justice Sen said.
Published - Mar 23, 2018 5:47 pm | Updated - Mar 23, 2018 5:47 pm
Delhi cricket is once again in the news for the wrong reasons as they have denied the fast bowler Pradeep Sangwan to reimburse the whole amount of the surgery. He underwent a spinal surgery last year in June in London. DDCA administration is currently running under the supervision of High Court-appointed Justice Vikramjit Sen and they have cleared that the cricketer is not entitled to the entire cost of the surgery. However, Sangwan is not at all happy with the decision and discontent in Delhi cricket is brewing again.
According to Sangwan, the surgery had cost him around Rs 22 Lakh and DDCA were not willing him even a single penny. But then they agreed to pay him almost half the amount after being persuaded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“They were not willing to pay a single penny. But when BCCI GM (game development) Ratnakar Shetty wrote to them, they agreed to give me half the amount now and I’ve been told that I am not entitled to get the rest of the amount,” he told Times of India. He also added that he didn’t have the direct access to Vikramjit Sen to discuss the matter and even the word of the senior players for him has been ignored.
“Justice Sen is not available. His daughter Mrinalini looks after the operations in DDCA and it is only after Shetty’s letter that she agreed to pay half the amount. Senior players like Ishant Sharma and Gautam Gambhir also put in a word for me. But that has been ignored. Even the cricket affairs committee pitched for me,” Sangwan continued. However, Justice Sen was of the opinion that the cricketer had to make a strong case to claim the required the amount.
If he thinks he is entitled, let him come to us with a good representation. We can’t bend rules for him. If we feel he is entitled to get the entire amount, he will get it,” Justice Sen said.
Even the BCCI official cleared that DDCA is unwilling to change its stance despite the insistence of the Indian board. “Generally, state associations take care of their players. BCCI reimburses the amount claimed through insurance. In Sangwan’s case, the injury was not reported at the time he experienced discomfort and stiffness in his lower back, and the insurance company declined to pay any amount. The current DDCA administration is unwilling to budge despite BCCI trying to make them understand the situation,” he said on the matter.