Wellington, May 30: It's not all bright and sunny in the lucrative Champions League T20 tournament as Heath Mills, Chief of the New Zealand Players' Association has alleged that the organisers of the tournament haven't paid the prize money due to the Central Districts players.
Central Districts was the New Zealand franchisee that participated in the multi-nation clubs T20 tournament.
Mills was quoted by the Sunday Star-Times as saying, "It's not acceptable when people complete a job and honour all their obligations under a contract to the person they are working for, yet they aren't compensated for completing that work."
He went on to say, "That wouldn't be accepted in any other workplace environment. Players now don't have a lot of faith or confidence in the boards running this event given their treatment of players so I expect there will be quite a few questions before guys want to commit to something this year."
Brushing aside suggestions of the reason for the delay as red-tapism in India, he said, "We hear a lot of excuses around government processes in India and the like but that doesn't seem to impact on similar payments from other events like the recent World Cup where all payments were made on time," he said. "I would be interested to see if the same delays have been encountered by the three boards who own the event when they distribute their profits to each other."
The Champions League T20 2010 was played in South Africa and was organised as a joint venture between Cricket Australia, BCCI and Cricket South Africa.
The payment dispute has jeopardised the prospect of player participation in the tournament as Tim May, the head of the Federation of International Cricketers' Association has hinted that unless remuneration assurances are given out to players, his organisations would advise them against playing in the tournament.