IPL 2022 | BCCI announces ₹1.25 crore reward for curators and groundsmen

Calling them ‘unsung heroes’, the BCCI on Monday announced a prize money of₹1.25 crore for the curators and groundsmen, who worked during the just-concluded Indian Premier League.

New entrants Gujarat Titans lifted the winners’ trophy after thrashing Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the summit clash on Sunday night.

“I’m pleased to announce a prize money of INR 1.25 crores for the men who gave us the best games in #TATAIPL 2022. The unsung heroes – our curators and groundsmen across 6 IPL venues this season,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a tweet.

“We’ve witnessed some high octane games and I would like (to) thank each one of them for their hardwork. 25 lacs each for CCI, Wankhede, DY Patil and MCA, Pune. 12.5 lacs each for Eden and Narendra Modi stadium.” For the first time, the BCCI is giving hefty incentives to groundsmen.

The 70 league matches of the cash-rich league were played at four venues in Maharashtra — Wankhede stadium and Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium at Gahunje in Pune.

The play-offs were played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.

Each of the six venues had one curator, while the number of groundsmen who worked was different for each venue.

Over 130 groundsmen worked at four venues, barring Ahmedabad and Pune.

According to sources, around 30 groundsmen worked at the DY Patil stadium, 17 groundsmen was at work at the Wankhede stadium, and approximately 25 groundsmen put in the effort at the CCI.

Eden Gardens chief curator Sujan Mukherjee said they had 70 groundsmen under him during the two play-offs matches held at Eden.

“Earlier, there used to be an award for the best ground, but this is a novel initiative. Not only Eden Gardens, but all the groundsmen across India, will be very pleased for this. We’re really thankful for the BCCI for this initiative,” Mukherjee told PTI.

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