Vics, SA get Champions League cash
Doug Bollinger THOUSANDS of dollars in Twenty20 Champions League prizemoney will be paid out to South Australia and Victoria by Cricket Australia after embarrassed organisers couldn’t provide the cash nearly five months after the event.
T h e C A b o a r d d e c i d e d unanimously yesterday to follow the lead of South African administrators, who paid their teams’ share of the $ 6 million in dividends that have been placed in limbo by the vagaries of the Indian tax system.
South Australia and Victoria, participants at last year’s event that is a joint venture between India, Australia and South Africa, are owed about $ 350,000 between them.
‘‘ They have been waiting for a fair while now,’’ a CA spokesman said.
‘‘ It could be that events overtake us and the money is paid in the meantime, but the decision was made that the money should go to the teams involved.
‘‘ The unanimous view was that for goodwill reasons let’s pay them.’’
The episode is extremely embarrassing for the fledgling competition, which has styled itself as a T20 equivalent of football’s UEFA Champions League and been favo u r e d b y t h e r e s p e c t i v e boards ahead of some international matches.
Australian players Mike Hussey and Doug Bollinger wer e f o r c e d t o p l a y f o r Chennai in the event last year rather than leaving the tournament to prepare for a Test series in India, despite CA having the right to withdraw them.
Tim May, the global players’ union boss, has been asking after the money for some time.
‘‘ In December we were told that prizemoney would be definitely paid in January, in January we were told that prizemoney would definitely be paid in February and now February has elapsed, who knows what CLT20’ s next line will be,’’ May said earlier this week.
‘‘ In the eyes of the players and player associations the credibility of CLT20 and its governing council members is pretty much at rock bottom at the moment.
‘‘ They are emerging from this payment debacle with little or no credibility.’’