Vics, SA get Cham­pi­ons League cash

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.’’

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