Samuels grabbed attention for his comments on Australia legend Shane Warne and then was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for his controversial gesture during the post match press conference © Getty Images
Samuels grabbed attention for his comments on Australia legend Shane Warne and then was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for his controversial gesture during the post match press conference © Getty Images (File Photo)

West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president and former player Wavell Hinds has blamed player Marlon Samuels of not speaking the truth regarding his remuneration. Samuels playing a heroic knock of 85 off 66 in the final match of ICC World T20 2016, took West Indies to a victorious end to lift the trophy for the second time and has been in the news ever since. Samuels grabbed attention for his comments on Australia legend Shane Warne and then was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for his controversial gesture during the post match press conference of the final. Now, Hinds has come up with another accusation saying the player has not spoken the truth. READ: Darren Sammy, Phil Simmons back Marlon Samuels over his remarks on Shane Warne after T20 World Cup 2016 final

According to Samuels, there has been to pay hike in his fees has been slashed to US $5000, which he used to get during his initial Test playing days and it is quite tough for him to manage in this sum of money. Hinds, as reported by bhpfm.com, said, “I started 16 years ago when Chris Gayle and I made our debut at the Queen’s Park Oval and we got US$2,500 for our first game—this is a far cry from the $5,000 that Marlon is speaking about. He said he was getting US$17,500 before his salary was cut to US$5,000. Marlon is a retained player and gets a monthly salary and then match fees. If he doesn’t play cricket he gets a salary each month. What Marlon is speaking about when he says he was getting US$17,500 is a salary based on the fact that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was giving the players US$35,000 per cricket day for wearing their brand on the clothing.”

“As part of the deal with Digicel, they wanted the WICB to retain players so they are guaranteed to have staff to represent the brand on the field. What the WICB did was to move the US$35,000 it into retainer fee, which has been ramped up. The match fees right now are as follows, Test match is US$5,750, ODIs is US$2,300 and T20s US$1,750,” he added.

Hinds clarified more saying, “What the WICB has done is to take the sponsorship and put it in the retainer because the players were being paid twice for the same reason before. For guys who are not retained—they will get match fees and a certain amount for wearing the brand.”
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