Thatscricket - News - Captains seek equality in earnings

Published: Sunday, February 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Captains at a special International Cricket Council meeting here on Monday will seek an undertaking for greater equality in earnings between rich teams and poor teams.Captains of eight of the 10 Test playing nations will be at the meeting, with England's Nasser Hussein and India's Saurav Ganguly the only absentees. Australian captain Steve Waugh and his West Indies counterpart Jimmy Adams have showed their intention to use the meeting as a way of addressing the earnings gap between cricketers from different nations.Waugh says, the wealth difference between some established cricketing nations, such as Australia and those with less resources, such as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, who only recently gained Test status, is hurting international cricket."It's happening now already. That's why Zimbabwe lost their good players," Waugh said. "You can't afford to have countries like Zimbabwe lose players like Murray Goodwin (who returned to Western Australia) and Neil Johnson (who went to South Africa)," added Waugh."They are two quality players and they both left because they weren't getting paid enough to make a living out of the game." Waugh said.Adams said a more equitable pay scale would also help cricket fight off the scourge of corruption. "One of my bugbears is the vast difference in earnings between international cricketers," he said."Cricket earns a lot of money worldwide and there are a lot of nations that have capable players who in my opinion aren't getting enough of the pot. And the longer that continues the longer the game leaves itself open to outside forces," added Adams.Waugh said some of cricket's minnows also needed greater off field support if they were to be competitive. "There's got to be a bit more support for countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh," he said. "They have been given Test and One-day status, but they seem to be left alone once they have been given that status. We've got a lot of support staff around us but Zimbabwe has got only a coach." Said Waugh."Zimbabwe has got no sports psychologist and no specialist batting or bowling coach. It's very hard to improve when you are left to your own devices and if you want the game to expand and stay strong then these countries have got to get a lot more support," added Waugh.Copyright AFP 2000

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