HK players set for cash bonus after ACC win

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong's victorious ACC Trophy squad is in line for a cash bonus from the Hong Kong Cricket Association, who will decide tomorrow if the part-time players deserve a reward for lifting the Asian crown for the first time.

John Cribbin, HKCA secretary, said: 'The executive committee has not made any decision as yet, but this is certainly something we are looking at seriously.'

The players, who received HK$33,000 each from the Asian Cricket Council for taking part in last month's Asia Cup in Pakistan, are now hopeful of getting more money from the governing body.

The ACC payout was match fees for participating with the four test nations in the Asia Cup.

What the HKCA is looking at is purely a performance bonus for winning the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.

'We believe we will be rewarded for winning the ACC Trophy,' said Hong Kong captain Tabarak Dar. 'It will be good for the association to look after the welfare of the players.'

Dar said if the game was to move forward in Hong Kong, the players would need to be compensated, with some of them having to take time off work to represent the city.

Before the ACC Trophy began, the HKCA announced a performance-based incentive package which included a payment of HK$10,000 if a player scored a century or took five wickets, and HK$5,000 for a 50 or three wickets.

Najeeb Amar collected HK$10,000 for his ton in the final against the United Arab Emirates, while medium-pacer Irfan Ahmed also picked up the same amount for taking five wickets in a preliminary-round game. Some of the other players grabbed the smaller prizes.

Dar said while the incentives seemed to work, the next step would be for the HKCA to put in place a scheme which would go some way to reimburse the players for their loss of earnings.

'We travel more now. In the past six months, we have been out six or seven times, including all the training trips, and it is hard on the players who hold down regular jobs. If we are to go forward, the association has to give something back to the players,' Dar said.

Next up on Hong Kong's busy schedule is a 10-day training trip to Sri Lanka. A 14-strong squad will leave on September 9 for Colombo to play four matches as part of their build-up to October's ICC Division Four World Cricket League in Tanzania.

Dar hopes the players will leave for that new challenge in a happy mood, having been rewarded by the HKCA.

Bonuses by the ton

The HKCA paid out $10,000 to any player who managed to put together an innings of: 100