Contentious transfer fee talks to resume between TTCB, WIPA

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Talks are set to resume later this week over a contentious transfer fee issue between the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

The TTCB is supposed to collect transfer fees for three of its IPL players – Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.
The sharing of the transfer fee was a bone of contention between the TTCB and the players selected to represent T&T at the CLT20, before their departure for South Africa.
The TTCB is supposed to receive US$150 000 for each of the three players from their respective franchises after they were named in their franchise teams for the CLT20.
“Since the players went off to the Champions League T20, little discussions have taken place but we will be communicating with them (WIPA),” said TTCB CEO, Suruj Ragoonath.
“We are hoping during the course of the week that we can have some sort of dialogue.”
Pollard represented defending champions Mumbai Indians, Narine lined up with Kolkata Knight Riders and Bravo was due to take the field with Chennai Super Kings, but had to be replaced after picking up a thigh strain.
Ragoonath could not say for sure if the TTTCB would be receiving money for Bravo who was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.
“We are still not sure of that. We have been communicating (with the Champions League representatives) and are now awaiting a response,” he said.
The players wanted a part of the transfer fee, and after threatening a strike, all eventually made the trip to South Africa for the tournament.
The Red Force were knocked out after losing their first match in the qualifying stage to Yorkshire.