WICB de­fends T20 ‘tax’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ST.JOHN’S, An­tigua, (CMC): HE WEST Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has de­fended its de­ci­sion to im­pose a 20 per­cent levy on the con­tract fees of its T20 stars play­ing in over­seas do­mes­tic tour­na­ments, say­ing rev­enue raised will be used to aid the de­vel­op­ment of play­ers in the ter­ri­to­ries.

A state­ment from the WICB re­leased yes­ter­day says some of the funds will be dis­bursed as an in­cen­tive for ter­ri­to­ries to “ex­pose new cricket tal­ent”.

The un­prece­dented move by the WICB pro­posed to take 20 per­cent of T20 play­ers’ con­tract fees in ex­change for a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) to com­pete in over­seas T20 tour­na­ments.

“A por­tion of these funds de­rived from these re­lease fees will also go back to the clubs and fran­chises/ter­ri­to­ries in recog­ni­tion of the role they played in de­vel­op­ing the player and as an in­cen­tive for them to con­tin­u­ously ex­pose new cricket tal­ent,” the state­ment said.

“The WICB ear­lier this year dis­trib­uted player pro­duc­tion fees to all the ter­ri­to­ries/fran­chises and clubs from which play­ers came from.”

The WICB says it has com­mu­ni­cated its new pol­icy to the CEOs and Pres­i­dents of all ICC full mem­bers.

The State­ment says that so far In­dia and Bangladesh have agreed to re­lease the fees.

How­ever, there are re­ports that WICB’s new pol­icy has been re­jected by Cricket South Africa, and there has been no re­sponse yet from the Pak­istan Cricket Board and Cricket Aus­tralia.

“The WICB is in the process

Tof dis­cus­sions with the var­i­ous full mem­bers as to the other boards’ ac­cep­tance of that po­si­tion. The di­a­logue is on­go­ing and we wait on of­fi­cial word,” said the state­ment.

LE­GAL AC­TION

“In ad­di­tion to In­dia, Bangladesh has also agreed to the re­lease fees. The prac­tice is also used in other ju­ris­dic­tions like Eng­land”.

The Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (FICA) has con­demned the move and has threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against the WICB.

In­signia Sports, who man­ages all-rounders Kieron Pol­lard, Dar­ren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle among oth­ers, also plans to chal­lenge the WICB move.

“WICB un­der­stands that this pol­icy de­ci­sion may re­sult in re­cip­ro­cal agree­ments from other full mem­ber boards for ob­tain­ing NOCs for their play­ers,” said the WICB state­ment.

“We view this ap­proach as nec­es­sary to pre­serve the best in­ter­ests of West Indies cricket at both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional lev­els”.

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