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WICB to Tax T20 Players

michael-muirhead2(digicelsportmax.com) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has implemented a fee amouting to 20 percent of the salaries paid to players that are granted No Objection Certificates (NOC) to compete in various T20 leagues around the world.

NOC’s are required from the member nations of internationally active players before they can participate in the lucrative leagues.  At present several West Indies players are granted NOCs to participate in various leagues, the list including T20 stars Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.  The amount of expected to be collected from the boards requesting the NOCs, but could impact how much players are paid.

The documents, issued per competition, were previously free of charge, but based on recent communication from the WICB, through Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Muirhead to all-rounder Kieron Pollard are now set to attract a levy.

“The Board of Directors of WICB, has taken a policy decision on the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOC’s) and has communicated its stance to all ICC Full Members CEO’s and Presidents. The WICB will levy a charge for the granting of an NOC for West Indian Cricketers seeking a release to participate in Leagues outside the jurisdiction of the West Indies. This will be an amount equivalent to 20% of the player fee (as defined in the player contract) that is actually paid to the relevant player.”

Muirhead went on to explain that the move came as the WICB looked to a large extent to recoup initial investments made on players.

“The influx of various domestic T20 tournaments raises an interesting opportunity for a player to significantly maximise his earnings.  WICB however, having invested in developing a player’s talent, is not able to realize a return on its investment if the player is not available to play in local tournaments, which would allow lesser experienced players the opportunity to face more experienced and skilled opposition, thereby improving on the standard and competitiveness of the domestic tournament.  In addition, the player is unavailable to mentor and develop younger players and to otherwise contribute to the overall growth of the game and its development infrastructure.”

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