IPL 5: RCB's Vettori, McDonald await payments

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Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 18:24 [IST]
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IPL 5: Few RCB players await payments

Bangalore, Jul 13: Royal Challengers Bangalore's contracted players Daniel Vettori, Andrew McDonald and a few members of the support staff are yet to get their payment having played for the franchise in the fifth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

It is learnt that a few Indian and overseas players are there in the list which includes RCB captain Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) and Australian cricketer Andrew McDonald.

For the first time since its inception Royal Challengers Bangalore have delayed on payments, as they were on time throughout the last four editions.

But the lack of communication from the franchise has left the affected cricketers worried as they await their payments.

According to reports, overseas players from New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Indian cricketers await their payments.

"Nobody has come back to us, to let us know what is going on. The people, at the moment, are in the dark," a player was quoted as saying.

According to the agreement signed by the player, franchise and the IPL, a player will get 15% of his fee for the season by April 1 (before or early into it), 50% by May 1 (during the IPL or towards its end), 20% after the Champions League T20 and the remaining 15% by December 1.

Incidently, this has happened due to the crisis faced by the team owner Vijay Mallya who had a few problems during the start of the season, as many employees from Kingfisher Airlines also claimed that they were awaiting their payments and there were rumours about him unable to pay the amount for the contracted players due following a crisis.

Earlier this week there were reports stating that Vijay Mallya planning to sell his team Royal Challengers Bangalore, as he had plans to sell the stakes. Now, with too many issues, the cricketers affected are definitely left worried as they await their dues and also have to rethink about their future.

"We have not yet taken a decision. We may retain RCB, or we may sell it," a source from the company who did not want to be named told Business Line.

Statements from the franchise alone can give a clear picture on the reasons behind RCB's failure in paying the contracted cricketers and whether they are planning to sell the IPL team.


Story first published:  Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:30 [IST]
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