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IPL 2018: Daily allowance of players changed

The players had asked for a hike in the TA/DA.

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IPL players. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The players featuring in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are not only paid their contract fees but are also eligible for a few more allowances. Since they travel around the country and have to spend a lot of money on food and other daily needs they are allotted Travel and Daily Allowance (TA/DA) by each of the teams as prescribed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The TA/DA was earlier paid to the players in cash but is set to change from this season. It was understood that the team managers struggled to arrange cash to pay the players on a daily basis and to deal with it, the IPL has thus decided to make this change. The TA/DA of the players has also been hiked from Rs 3,800 that was previously paid to them each day to Rs 5,000.

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Cash only for urgent needs

“The only cash which the teams are carrying these days is for urgent needs. A thing like medical treatment, the logistic managers are given the cash to handle as and when it is required,” a source was quoted as saying by TOI on Saturday.

The players stay in five-star hotels while the breakfast is complimentary they had complained that the money allotted wasn’t sufficient to pay the bills for two meals. They have to get their own food on days there is no practice session or match as on those days the team arranges for one of the meals. Thus, the pay was also hiked taking into consideration one meal costs them Rs 2,500 in the five-star hotels.

Hike based on the expenses

“If you are eating once a day, you have to spend more than Rs 2,500. So this, increase is given keeping in mind for those days when the players are having a rest day,” the source added.

When the IPL was played in South Africa, the players were paid $100 a day as TA/DA and when it was played in the UAE the amount was 900 dirhams.

Indian cricketers while on national duty get Rs 6,800 while playing at home and when they travel abroad the allowance currently is $125.

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