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Cricketers playing in West Indies’ first-class tournament are likely to receive higher salaries, according to a report in the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian.
The newspaper reported that the increase in wages will be matched to the player’s seniority and will range from $1500 to $2000. It was also reported that if a player is included in the playing XI, he will earn another $1500.
While these changes have yet to be formally announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian quoted the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board CEO, Suruj Ragoonath, speaking about the changes that were being proposed.
Ragoonath was also quoted as saying that Trinidad and Tobago plan to retain 15 players for the upcoming season. It was also reported that players with central contracts, like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo, will still be allowed to represent their regional side despite not having signed with them.
“These players who are retained by the WICB will get match fees based on their retainer condition with the WICB,” Ragoonath told the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian. “The others will be paid a monthly salary by the TTCB for one year in the first instance. They will also get match fees in accordance with their retainers.”
However, there are a number of responsibilities that the players have to fulfil if their salaries are increased.
“They will have to make a certain amount of hours in training and will be required to do mentorship, coaching and other civic duties,” Ragoonath said. “They will be available to promote sport and a healthy lifestyle as well, for example they can join in the march for breast cancer and Aids that is kept at the Queen’s Park Savannah.”
Signing a new contract could also mean that players may have to choose between their day jobs and playing cricket.
“These guys would have to weigh their options and if they decide against taking a retainer to keep their regular jobs, they would be offered what is called a pay for play contract,” Ragoonath said. “They will be required to get time-off from their employers to train and play matches and will get just match fees, when they represent the country.
“If the players take up their retainers then they don’t have to worry about getting time off to train and play matches, because they will be full time cricketers.”