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KPL: Renowned cricket umpires yet to get payments

KPL: Renowned cricket umpires yet to get payments

  • Top match officials, including Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza, await payment for KPL season 2.
  • KPL, launched in 2021, faces payment controversies and financial issues.
  • PCB may intervene due to KPL’s financial challenges; KPL officials assure clearance of dues before season 3.

Top match officials who officiated during the second season of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) are currently awaiting the settlement of their outstanding dues. A local newspaper has reported that prominent umpires and match referees, including ICC panelists Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza, have yet to receive their payments for their services in KPL season 2.

Delayed Dues Plague KPL Officials

KPL was initially launched in 2021 after obtaining a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The league aimed to provide ample opportunities for the young talents of Azad and Jammu Kashmir. Unfortunately, the league has been marred by controversies surrounding payment issues. According to reports, the accumulated amount owed for the second season amounts to approximately PKR 3 million.

One match official expressed their frustration, stating, “Despite ongoing negotiations with the organizers, we are repeatedly asked to wait ‘for some more time’.” The publication quoted this official, shedding light on the prolonged delay in clearing their dues.

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Considering the financial challenges faced by KPL, the PCB may intervene and scrutinize the regional league as the third season approaches. This step could be taken to address the persistent payment concerns and ensure the smooth operation of the league.

In contrast, a KPL official offered reassurance that the outstanding dues would be settled before the commencement of the third season. Acknowledging the financial strain caused by numerous matches being affected by rain, the official stated, “Although we incurred significant losses due to several matches being washed out during the second season, we remain committed to clearing the dues promptly.”

It remains to be seen how the situation unfolds, with match officials eagerly awaiting the settlement of their dues while the KPL officials remain confident that the outstanding payments will be resolved ahead of the upcoming season.

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