New Delhi, Jul 14: After Royal Challengers Bangalore, it is Deccan Chargers' turn to make players wait for their payments post the fifth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
Apart from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings all the other franchises have not been punctual in paying their players on time.
On Thursday, reports suggested that only Royal Challengers Bangalore were lagging behind the schedule as they had not paid the first installment to the players which included both Indian and overseas players.
"When players don't get paid, it's always a concern. There are five players from South Africa that, as of now, we know have not been paid by RCB and Deccan Chargers," said Tony Irish, South African Cricketers' Association.
"Besides AB [de Villiers] and [Dale] Steyn, the likes of [JP] Duminy and [Juan] Theron are also in this list. We are in the process of collecting more information but at this stage not sure what process needs to be followed," says Irish.
Ray Jennings, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach also believes that there is a tendency to delay the payment but downplayed the issue saying that he is in touch with the management as he has also not received his payment for the fifth edition of IPL.
"Over the years, there have not been any problems regarding the payments. I have not got the money of this season but am in touch with the management.
"Obviously, the negative news doesn't help anyone. But RCB has a good value system and they will resolve all the issues. I have full faith in them. Being part of RCB you have good faith and I am waiting for their answers," says Jennings.
It is not about established players and coaches, many players are left pondering over the issue as they are not willing to come on record.
If that was not enough there are reports that a few players have not received their due since 2010. With such stories coming up, franchises are not willing to talk about it in public.
"Everybody has to understand that negative news puts risk on the tournament. It's the responsibility of all the parties to keep the image of the IPL clean both on and off the field," cautions Jennings.
Irish further stated that the nature of contract in IPL doesn't directly bring the BCCI in question as it is between the player and the franchise.
"In IPL, a contract is between players and the franchise. But it does affect the brand IPL (when such issues come to notice) and I hope they can do something on this."
When contacted RCB owner Vijay Mallya's PRO Prakash Mirpuri, he gave a one line response-"Noted. Let me check please. I will need some time as the concerned executive at RCB is overseas."
Incidentally, Siddartha Mallya who is always active on social networking sites, also remained silent on the issue.
RCB coach, though downplayed the issue, was very positive that issues will be sorted out.
"I am positive that this issue will be sorted out. As long as our heart is in the right place and we all have good people in the IPL and RCB, this will be over. We just need to communicate better," Jennings said.
With Deccan Chargers also following suit, it may be recalled that there were reports on the IPL team to go on sale a couple of weeks ago. With the IPL team undergoing crisis, it remains to be seen if their players get their dues on time. Does it mean that franchises are concerned only about making money and leaving the players in lurch?