Cricketers in the West Indies have not been paid their match fees since January this year as the governing body is financially in trouble at the moment.
Cricket West Indies admitted that the players ‘retainer’ amount had been paid but the match fees had not been paid. West Indies Players Association (WIPA) secretary Wayne Lewis told ESPN CRICK INFO, “Monthly salaries (and allowances) have been paid. The problem is that eight rounds of match fees have not yet been given to the retainers in first-class competitions. ”
According to the report, the men’s team has not been paid match fees for the series against Ireland in January (three ODIs and three T20s) and the tour to Sri Lanka (three ODIs and two T20s) in February-March. Women players are also to be paid match fees for four matches played in the T20 World Cup in Australia in February-March.
Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave assured that the payment would be made in the near future. He said, Cricket West Indies is going through tough times financially. We are trying to pay these players. “
Grave assured that in the coming time all the match fees of the players will be paid. According to the CEO, the board is currently facing a huge financial crisis due to the epidemic.
Johnny Grave said that the biggest reason for the cash shortage has been the cricket series held against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the year 2018, which has caused a big loss to the West Indies. Let the local cricketers of West Indies also have not received their income yet.
For information, local cricketers are divided into two categories. Category A, B, C and Development. Players in the A category are paid $ 2666 per month, 2000 in the B category, 1500 in the C category, and $ 1000 a month for the cricketers involved in the development. Due to Corona, the salary of these cricketers has been delayed for a long time. (With an input of agency)