Bonanza awaits SA team in India series

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The South African national cricket squad can look ahead to receiving a bonus of Rands 600,000 if it wins the Test series against visitors India coming up at the end of the year. The team will get a further Rands 250,000 bonus if it wins the triangular One-day series that follows with Kenya participating as well. This was part of the incentive scheme announced by United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) CEO Gerald Majola on Wednesday. The team will also get Rands one million if it wins the Test series against Australia when it goes there, and Rands 500,000 if it wins the triangular series when New Zealand joins in there as well. When the Australians visit South Africa immediately afterwards, Rands 800,00 is at stake for winning the Test series and a quarter million Rands for a One-day series. "These bonuses are over and above the prize money for these games," Majola said. On another money issue, Majola said the UCBSA had decided not to disclose the salaries or categories of contracted players. "These will now be regarded as a private matter between employer and employee," he said. Majola also announced that all members of the South African national team, as well as those at provincial level, would have to submit to regular dope testing. "The UCBSA is in the process of developing an anti-doping policy for approval at the annual general meeting in August. The new player contracts at provincial and international level will include a clause related to drug use and drug testing by agents of the Institute for Drug-Free Sport in South Africa. Cricketers can be expected to be tested in competition and in random out-of- competition tests in the coming season," Majola said. UCBSA Communications Director Bronwyn Wilkinson, who has been tasked with driving the process, said that the legal framework is currently being put in place to implement the contractual clauses. "First of all we have to develop penalties and a disciplinary procedure if they test positive. Secondly we have to have a clause in the players' contracts giving us permission to do the testing, because it's always better to have the players' buy-in to this process. Although contracts have already been forwarded to the players, the new dope-testing clause will be an addendum," Wilkinson added. She said the UCBSA did not expect to have any resistance from any players to the anti-dope measures, because they realise that there is a threat to sport worldwide from drugs. The announcement of the anti-dope steps came as delegates from almost a hundred countries, including sports ministers from ten of them, met in Cape Town to adopt a declaration regarding the role of governments in anti-dope practices. Opening the meeting, which was also attended by cricket captain Shaun Pollock, South African Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour said the conference aimed to send out a clear message that drug cheats in sport would not be tolerated.

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