Leg­end Gilchrist hits out at ‘un­pro­fes­sional’ MCL

For­mer Aus­tralia star ques­tions T20 league over un­paid wages

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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.”

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