WICB fee call knocked


TWO high-ranking international cricket bodies have no-balled the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for requesting a release fee in order to provide a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to Caribbean players participating in lucrative overseas Twenty20 tournaments.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) yesterday vehemently objected to the WICB’s proposal to impose a levy of 20 per cent on a player’s contract fee, which it wants the host board to pay in order for West Indian cricketers to play in their T20 tournaments.

Both CSA and CA said they did not support the proposal and pointed out that it was recently tabled for the first time by the WICB, but not agreed upon, at the Cape Town round of ICC meetings in October.

“It was a WICB proposal, but not supported by any other member at the time,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. “It was the first time the topic was raised and it was concluded by all that we should reflect on it as a part of all of the other reforms or regulations that we are presently working on to support the primacy of international cricket.” (EZS)


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