Smith frustrated by silence over unpaid monies

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Marquee batsman Dwayne Smith says he finds untenable the deafening silence from Caribbean Premier League officials over outstanding payments to Barbados Tridents players for the 2018 season.

The 35-year-old raised the issue of non-payment of monies last December, but said last week there was still no word from the league or Tridents franchise on when the situation would be rectified.

“It is very frustrating because we don't go out there just to play cricket. It's a job and when we do our job we expect to be paid,” Smith said.

“It's something we really need to look at. No one is saying anything; you don't know what's going on and all we're hearing is everybody asking about when is the draft.”

There has been no word on the date of the draft for the 2019 tournament, even though league officials announced in January it would take place between August 21 and September 27.

And there has also been rampant speculation over the future of the Tridents franchise, especially in light of the recent legal troubles of Indian owner, Dr Vi­jay Mallya.

The business tycoon, who pur­chased the Bridgetown-based fran­chise back in 2016, has been exiled in the United Kingdom in recent years, battling extradition to India where he is wanted by the courts there to face US$1 billion in alleged al­leged fraud and mon­ey laun­der­ing charges.

A judge in London ruled last December that Mallya could be extradited, and last month the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid approved the extradition order.

Smith, a key member of the Tridents unit, said he is no longer comfortable playing for the franchise, while it maintains the same ownership.

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