Agents blast WICB

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): HE COM­PANY that man­ages sev­eral of the Caribbean’s lead­ing T20 stars has blasted an un­prece­dented move by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to im­pose a 20 per­cent levy on their con­tracts for over­seas T20 tour­na­ments.

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

“It is a bla­tant re­straint of trade on a player who has not been se­lected by WICB for the up­com­ing Tri-Series, does not have a con­trac­tual tie to the WICB per­mit­ting such a re­stric­tion,” said Ed­die Tolchard, one of the part­ners at In­signia Sports.

“Ap­ply­ing an un­rea­son­able and un­jus­ti­fi­able fee and re­quest­ing CSA pay it in or­der to pro­vide a NOC is a re­straint of trade.”

The new WICB pol­icy was dis­closed by

Tchief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Muir­head in an email to Pol­lard last week. The WICB has writ­ten to var­i­ous boards around the world ask­ing them to com­ply the new pol­icy.

NEW POL­ICY

WICB has said that so far In­dia and Bangladesh have agreed to the re­lease fees.

How­ever, they are re­ports that the 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 Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (FICA) has crit­i­cised the move to slap a 20 per­cent levy on T20 play­ers con­tract fees and is threat­en­ing to take le­gal ac­tion against the WICB.

How­ever, Muir­head has de­fended the WICB po­si­tion as jus­ti­fied.

“WICB how­ever, hav­ing in­vested in de­vel­op­ing a player’s tal­ent, is not able to re­alise a re­turn on its in­vest­ment if the player is not avail­able to play in lo­cal tour­na­ment, which would al­low lesser ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to face a more ex­pe­ri­enced and skilled op­po­si­tion, thereby im­prov­ing on the stan­dard and com­pet­i­tive­ness of the do­mes­tic tour­na­ments,” he wrote.

“In the end, it com­pro­mises the stan­dard of the WICB’s in­ter­na­tional team and that team’s per­for­mance in­ter­na­tion­ally. The pri­macy of in­ter­na­tional cricket is threat­ened.”

WICB has promised to re­dis­tribute fees col­lected for an NOC in con­tracts to play­ers who only play T20.

“It is our ex­pec­ta­tion too, that the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of these fees will fa­cil­i­tate the of­fer of con­tracts to play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing only in the short for­mat of the game,” Muir­head said.

FICA chair­man, Tony Ir­ish, plans to raise the is­sue dur­ing a meet­ing with WICB on Tues­day.

GAYLE

SAMMY

POL­LARD

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