Pollock~~s brother too pays price for team~~s poor show
Published: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 22:38 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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Johannesburg: Shaun Pollock and his brother Gavin were both counting the cost of South Africa's humiliating World Cup exit on Sunday. Shaun was coming to terms with being sacked as captain of the national team while businessman Gavin has been left with thousands of dollars worth of unwanted Proteas souvenirs and clothing in the wake of the doomed Cup campaign. "It's tough but what can you do?" said Gavin Pollock who runs a Durban sports shop where he had hoped to make a financial killing by seeing the South Africans storm through the tournament. As it turned out, his brother's team, which began the tournament as co-favourites never made it out of the first round - a performance which led to Shaun being axed as captain. Gavin says he has lost 100,000 Rand ($ 12,000). "In all honesty, it has not been a disastrous experience as sales went through the roof from the time the tournament began," Gavin told the 'Sunday Times'. "But right now, most retailers, distributors and vendors around the country are feeling the pinch of South Africa's exit." Meanwhile, the official licensing agent for the tournament estimates the home team's early exit has resulted in the company sitting on stock worth around 7 million Rand ($ 855,000). Most of the items will be sold cut-price or donated to charity.