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South Africa And Australia — Tell WICB To Shove It!

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) have openly rejected and rebuffed the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) proposal for pay for play additional fee.

cricket ball & batThe Caribbean regional Board had taken the decision to impose a release fee along with the no-objection certificates to Caribbean players participating in overseas Twenty20 tournaments.

The WICB contended that a levy of 20% of a player’s contract fee would be a step in the right direction as it would result in recouping investment made in players.

The Board also posited the view that the fee should be paid by the host board in order for West Indies players to participate in their T20 tournaments.

However, in their first response since the release CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat is contending that there was no discussion surrounding the decision by the WICB and the local Board’s decision was unilateral.

Lorgat also noted WICB’s decision to go solo without proper consultation and agreement with other stakeholders was unfortunate.

According to Lorgat, the WICB’s decision came as a shock as the ICC members had agreed that the concept of a release fee needed further discussion and consideration, given the far-reaching implications.

Lorgat further confirmed that CSA had responded to the WICB indicating that it would not support the payment of release fees at this stage.

In the meantime, a Cricket Australia’s spokesperson has also advised that his Board does not support the proposal of a release fee.

Carole Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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