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Cricketers urged to boycott Champions League

The Federation of International Cricketers Associations has urged the worlds top cricketers to boycott this years Twenty20 Champions League as some of the prize money from last year's event remains unpaid.

FICA chief executive Tim May claims over $6 million in prize money remains outstanding from the tournament which took place in South Africa last September.

Teams waiting to recive money include the Victorian Bushrangers ($200,000) and the South Australia Redbacks ($500,000) with half of this money owed to the players.

May told The Sydney Morning Herald the tournament, which has only been played twice as now "little or no credibility" amongst the players.

"FICA will be recommending that players refrain from agreeing to play in future CLT20s without some certainty as to the payment of participation fees and prizemoney," said May.

May’s views were shared by the chief of the Australian Cricketers Association, Paul Marsh who added that the assurances recived from the Champions League Board have so far amounted to nothing.

"I'm sure players will have concerns about participating in the future," Marsh added.

Marsh also urged Cricket Austrilia to follow the lead of the South African Cricket board who have already paid the money owed to its players out of its own funds while it waits for prize money from the Champions League Board.

source - cricket20.com
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