Oz cricket bosses, players in financial stand-off following postponement of Champions League

November 29th, 2008 - 11:43 am ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Nov.29 (ANI): An ugly confrontation is looming between national and state cricket administrators on one side and players who feel they have missed out on rich pickings from the postponed Champions League Twenty20 tournament, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Australian cricketers and state cricket adminsitrators are reportedly feeling that the Mumbai terror strikes have cost them financially.
Cricket Victoria and the West Australian Cricket Association officials were last night reportedly still coming to terms with the Cricket Australia missive that they will now not contest the finals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
Test stars Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson have been hit financially because the Indian Premier League franchises they represent must requalify for the finals of next year’’s event.
Western Australia were also due to receive 250,000 dollars for Hussey playing for Chennai, plus a possible bonanza of two million dollars for the winners, on top of appearance money.
The CA-run tournament was due to be staged next week in India, with teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and England having qualified earlier this year.
But with the tournament now due to be staged next year, teams are likely to have to start from square one under a CA ruling.
Cricket Australia’’s public affairs manager Peter Young confirmed all teams would have to qualify again for the tournament.
Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide did not rule out the possibility of legal action if the Champions League governing council, featuring representatives of CA, Cricket South Africa and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, failed to compensate for lost earnings.
“We will be in constant discussion with Cricket Australia and the governing council of the Champions League in the coming weeks.”
Western Australia Cricket CEO Graeme Wood said he still hoped the Warriors would get the chance to play. (ANI)

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