Legend Gilchrist hits out at ‘unprofessional’ MCL
Former Australia star questions T20 league over unpaid wages
A ustralian legend Adam Gilchrist has branded the Masters Champions League (MCL) organisers as “unprofessional” because of unpaid wages to players who featured in the UAE-based cricket event.
The Twenty20 tournament for cricket legends was played in the UAE in January and February and featured six franchises that were reportedly sold for a combined $90 million.
It has since transpired that many players are still waiting for their final salary, which should have been issued 30 days after the tournament finished on February 13. Many players have spoken out, including former Australia wicketkeeper Gilchrist who was captain of the Sagittarius Strikers franchise. Gilchrist took to Twitter to contact MCL chief executive Zarah Shah. He tweeted: “@ShahZarah Hey Zara, as CEO of @MCL2020UAE when should the players still owed money expect to be paid? #unprofessional #trust.” On Friday the MCL chief executive had told Reuters that players would receive their final wages despite a delay of more than two months. She cited the teams cash-flow issues as the main reason for the unexpected delay. She said: “It’s late and will be a bit delayed still. We’re working with the team owners to get it resolved as speedily as possible.
“They’re looking for more time, that’s the communication we’ve had.”
Meanwhile the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has also criticised the MCL over the unpaid wage bill.
“Cricket is a career, and just like other professionals, players make decisions based on the contracts they sign,” said FICA executive chairman Tony Irish.
“We hope that given the potential of this event, MCL pay the outstanding amounts to players immediately.”