Cricket West Indies facing tough times financially, players not paid match fees since January

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Cricketers of West Indies have not been paid their match fees since January this year due to a severe cash crunch in the Windies governing bodies.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has admitted the non-payment of match fees as Wayne Lewis, the secretary of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) said, “Monthly salary (and allowances) are up-to-date. The problem we are having is the retained players in the regional first-class competition have not been paid their match fees for the eight rounds that have been played so far.”

The report stated that men’s team wasn’t paid match fees for the home series against Ireland in January (three ODIs and three T20Is) and the Sri Lanka tour in February-March (three ODIs and two T20Is).

The women need to be paid match fees for the four matches they played in the T20 World Cup in February-March in Australia.

Chief Executive Officer johny Grave has assured to everyone that there payments would be made in a future.

“Cricket West Indies is facing a tough time financially…there is still money that is outstanding and we are trying to settle these player payments as a priority,” Grave said.

The Board had suffered huge loss While hosting in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2018, Grave said, “When we hosted Sri Lanka and Bangladesh we made a USD 22 million loss,” he said.

He further added “The media rights contract paid us less than a million dollars for those two tours.”

The domestic players did not paid a “large percentage of their match fees for the 2020 West Indies Championship, the regional four-day competition.” the report read. In March, CWI declaring Barbados the winner and stopped the matches after eight of the ten rounds. All regional players are paid USD 1600 per match which is separate from all the allowances.

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