Kenyan's protest delay in pay of prize money

Published: Friday, July 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:Kenyan cricket authorities have moved to diffuse a player revolt over outstanding allowances from the 2003 World Cup ahead of a three-day International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental match against Uganda in Nairobi.

Most of the national players had stayed away from the training venue, blaming the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) for the delay in paying their full prize money more than a year after the tournament ended in South Africa.

But KCA general manager Sammy Obingo said that though the players were paid all their dues received from the ICC, the remaining cash being claimed by them was held up on recommendation of South African Revenue Services (SARS).

"At the time of the payment, KCA informed the players that claims being made against their earnings by SARS would be retained by the KCA until such a time that it is resolved whether it should be paid to SARS or finally waived. To date this has not happened," Obingo said in a statement.

Obingo warned that KCA might not renew the players contracts under the current terms, unless a team sponsor comes on board at the end of September.

He said the cash-strapped KCA had reached an agreement with former ICC high performance manager Bob Woolmer to look after basic needs of the players, until a new sponsor for the national team was secured.

The arrangement expires on September 30 this year.

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