Show me the money.
That is what West Indies fast bowler Tino Best is telling organisers of an All Star match staged in Canada earler in the year in which he participated but for which he has not yet been paid.
Best and discarded West Indies opener Devon Smith are among 16 players who have started legal proceedings against the organisers of the Cricket All Star T20 match in Toronto in May claiming they have yet to be paid.
Ontario-based Kat Rose Custom Designs Inc (Kat Rose), which organised the Cricket Canada-approved event, has been served notices at the Toronto Small Claims Court regarding unpaid match fees and expenses totalling approximately $113,000.
Apart from Best and Smith, some of the other affected players include Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasariya, Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq, New Zealand’s Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram, South Africa’s Mark Boucher, Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor and Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain.
“We are incredibly disappointed and distressed by the lack of professionalism of the Kat Rose organisation,” said Tim May, the chief executive officer of Federation of International Cricketers’ Association.
“The players fulfilled their contractual obligations and are now each left out-of-pocket to the tune of several thousand dollars of their own money,” the Australian administrator said.
The match, which saw the Asia/Canada XI defeat the International XI squad by three wickets, was said to be entertaining despite the absence of several players with star power. Smith was eventually named man of the match.
“How can anyone in good conscience conduct business this way,” questioned May.
“It is unacceptable that the players have yet to be compensated and reimbursed for their time and costs.
“Kat Rose, which contracted individually with all of the players, claimed the absence of some of the cricketers from Pakistan, because of last minute visa issues, meant the event was financially unsuccessful.
Best is currently in Bangladesh on tour with the West Indies team.