Champions League Twenty20 2010 May 29, 2011

New Zealand players still waiting for CLT20 prize money

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The New Zealand Players' Association chief, Heath Mills, has hit out at the organisers of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 for not having paid the share of prize money due to the New Zealand franchise that participated in the tournament. While the Central Districts players, who failed to win a match during the tournament, received their participation fee, they have not yet received the prize money owed to them eight months after the tournament ended.

The amount owed is understood to be around $200,000 and the payment has apparently been held up due to red tape associated with making significant foreign currency payments out of India. However, Mills said there was no excuse for what had become "a disgraceful situation". He also warned that players would be reluctant to take part in future tournaments - including this year's, scheduled for October - if the pay issue wasn't addressed immediately.

"It's not acceptable when people complete a job and honour all their obligations under a contract to the person they are working for, yet they aren't compensated for completing that work," Mills told the Sunday Star-Times. "That wouldn't be accepted in any other workplace environment. Players now don't have a lot of faith or confidence in the boards running this event given their treatment of players so I expect there will be quite a few questions before guys want to commit to something this year."

Having won last season's HRV Cup, Auckland are eligible to play the Champions League, though with the tournament potentially adding a qualifier, it is not certain whether they will make it to the main event.

Mills cast aspersion on the excuse about government regulations blocking payments. "We hear a lot of excuses around government processes in India and the like but that doesn't seem to impact on similar payments from other events like the recent World Cup where all payments were made on time," he said. "I would be interested to see if the same delays have been encountered by the three boards who own the event when they distribute their profits to each other."

The last Champions League Twenty20 was played in South Africa and was run as a joint venture between the national cricket boards of Australia, South Africa and India. The South African franchises did in fact also experience a delay in receiving their prize money, and in January the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations' (FICA) chief Tim May had criticised the boards organising the tournament for paying the players on time. The South African players have been paid since, but the New Zealand players are still waiting.

May said FICA would advise players not to participate in the tournament in future without some assurances regarding remuneration.

New Zealand Cricket boss Justin Vaughan said payments out of India were often delayed but conceded the wait had been too long. "We've seen this in the past with sponsorship payments so it's not unexpected in a way," Vaughan said. "That said, it is dragging on too long and it's very hard to argue when the distribution of funds is being held up by a government process."

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  • Biggus on May 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    @legstump2009-That's a whole lot of red tape mate! Since you're in the mood to clear up any misunderstandings for us, would you please tell us what you consider to be an appropriate amount of time for a payment to be held up in today's world of internet banking and immediate transfer of funds? Additionally, what could possibly take eight months time to do? Surely some official just has to look at the application to transfer the appropriate funds overseas and put the 'cleared' stamp to the ink pad and then onto the paper. To claim that 'red tape' could hold up a payment for this long is risible. This is hugely damaging to India's reputation, and someone should do something about it.

  • legstump2009 on May 30, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Heath Mills needs to get his facts right. Central District's key sponsors are Indian Real Estate company which has been also delayed sponsorship payments to Central Districts due to red tape. This happens in all aspects of corporate life involving international transactions, the World Cup was given special dispensation by the Ind Government. There were no complaints during the 1st CL in India. This issued has only been raised because Central District's perilous financial situation and lack of cash flow.

  • harshacc on May 30, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    They should take the organizers to court

  • Ravi.Ajay on May 30, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Its really painful to see organizers of Champions League have not paid share of prize money to Central Districts. This is absolutely disgraceful. Knowing this every cricket lover feels the pain. I do not understand why ICC and other cricket boards allowing BCCI to behave like this. I hope cricket world wake up soon before BCCI spoils cricket completely.

  • Looch on May 30, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Disgraceful. This tournament doesn't offer any prestige or accomplishment, only prizemoney and it cannot even deliver that! Why waste the time and energy for no reward?

  • gothetaniwha on May 29, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Hey maddy 20 -this comp is a joke , It would help if CD could have the services of there best player ( Ross Taylor ), but his IPL team want him for themselves .

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 29, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Money is still owed to Pakistani players that took part in the ICL until it was disbanded. That money never came through and by now all hope has been lost.If you're gonna set up these international tournaments then honor the commitments, otherwise it just ends up looking bad.

  • dummy4fb on May 29, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    players would be reluctant to play-bet you they do play........If I lose you will have to wait for the payment due to regulations

  • akaaz on May 29, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    thats how Indian companies work... delay payments as long as one can... shameless

  • dummy4fb on May 29, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Sad to see the comments made by some people here..The NZ team winning a match in CL or not doesnt matter..The contract was that even the last finishing team will be paid and its gross violation of terms ,if they are not paid.No professionally run league should be run this way.The argument of themselve being losers id very hypocritical as they are in Champions league by the merit of them winning their national T20 tournament.These 200 thousand dollars are decent money for a nation like NewZealand with limited cricketing resources..

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