Thursday, January 18, 2018

TTCB, WIPA meet over 'transfer fee'

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) will resume negotiations this week over the sharing of the "transfer fee" the board is supposed to collect for three of its IPL players—Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.

The TTCB is supposed to receive US$150,000 for each of the three players from their respective franchises after the players were named in their franchise teams for the Champions League T20 (CLT20).

Pollard represented defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament, while Narine lined up with Kolkata Knight Riders. Bravo was due to take the field with Chennai Super Kings, but had to be replaced after picking up a thigh strain during the West Indies' successful ICC T20 World Cup campaign in Sri Lanka.

The sharing of the transfer fee was a bone of contention between the TTCB and the players selected to represent T&T at the CLT20, ahead of their departure for South Africa.

The players wanted a part of the transfer fee, and after threatening a strike, all the players eventually made the trip to South Africa for the tournament where they were knocked out after losing their first match in the qualifying stage to Yorkshire.

TTCB CEO, Suruj Ragoonath said yesterday there was not much communication between the TTCB and WIPA during the CLT20, which concluded on Sunday.

"Since the players went off to the Champions League T20, little discussions have taken place but we will be communicating with them (WIPA)...we are hoping during the course of the week that we can have some sort of dialogue," said Ragoonath.

Asked if the TTCB would be getting money for Bravo, who was injured and did not take part in the tournament, Ragoonath said they were still awaiting word on that.

"We are still not sure of that. We have been communicating (with the Champions League representatives) and are now awaiting a response."

Ragoonath was more certain about the fees for Pollard and Narine, saying the franchises are "contractually obligated to pay the money". However, he could not say when the payments will be made.