The ongoing edition of the Masters Champions League might have come to an abrupt end had the payment issues in the tournament not been properly managed. It is understood that numerous players missed their payments and the team captains insisted the payments be made on time otherwise the players would pull out of the tournament. Doing so, would have definitely had disastrous consequences for the MCL.
The parent company of the tournament, Grand Midwest Hotels, has made immediate cash payments to the players who were unpaid. This has been done in order to ensure that the players don’t pull out of the league. It is understood that the players have been paid 25% of the promised remuneration and the remaining amount will be paid in the week to follow.
The league is also in the news for another wrong reason. Originally, the league was created as an exclusive event just for retired cricketers. However, several current players are seen participating in the league and that has posed a question mark to the integrity of the tournament. South African opener Richard Levi for instance, has not retired from international cricket but dons the colors of the Gemini Arabians in the MCL.
Also, a few boards, namely the PCB and the WICB have written to the ICC that the scheduling of the league has adversely impacted their domestic competitions. The PSL, for instance, is about to commence while the MCL is still underway.
“We’re going to get it right,” a member of the MCL governing body said. “There have been some teething problems, but every player will be paid and we will work with the ICC to ensure any concerns they have are alleviated.”