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Updated: August 5, 2011 11:51 IST

ACA warns of CLT20 boycott for non-payment of dues

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File photo: Paul Marsh, the Chief of the Australian Cricketers Association.
The Hindu File photo: Paul Marsh, the Chief of the Australian Cricketers Association.

Furious with the delay in payments to Australian players, the Cricketers’ Association Down Under has warned Champions League Twenty20 organisers of an Aussie boycott of the event in future.

According to a report in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’,”The Australian Cricketers Association has been given an undertaking by organisers that participation fees will be paid by October 31 this year while prize money will be distributed by February 29 next year.”

“We’ve had two disappointing years in terms of the timing of the payments and (have) taken steps to ensure players are paid in an acceptable time period. If that (doesn’t) happen we’ve told them (we’ll) be considering our options,” ACA chief Paul Marsh said.

“(I) don’t want it to be painted as ‘Players won’t play unless they get paid by a certain date,’ but we have made it clear that we will look at our options if there is a repeat of the last two years. It’s a hypothetical and I hope we don’t get to that point.”

This comes a day after the event’s title sponsor, Airtel, pulled out seven weeks before the start of this year’s edition.

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