The South African Legends team - featuring the likes of Jonty Rhodes, Vernon Philander, Johan Botha, Alviro Petersen and Jacques Rudoph – has sent a formal notice to the organisers of the Road Safety World Series for not fulfilling the payment for their participation in the second edition of the league.
A fresh report on the matter has made a shocking revelation that the Majestic Legends Sports Pvt Ltd and PMG failed to fulfil their financial obligations outlined in the contracts signed by the South African Legends players for Season 2 of the Road Safety World Series.
In its report, The Indian Express has quoted a member of the South African team informing that they have made multiple attempts to resolve the issue as the collective amount of roughly $180,000 US Dollars is pending.
“Pursuant to the teams of the agreement and subsequent Letter of Intent, we are left with no choice but to initiate a public statement due to non-payment on your behalf. We, the players demand immediate payment In full to avoid further legend proceedings,” member informed. All fifteen members of the South African Legend squad have signed the statement.
“There are lot of stakeholders and staff still waiting to get paid,” South African Legends team member told Indian Express. Meanwhile, an official of RSWS, on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that since a lot of matches were washed out and not a single ball was bowled, the sponsors don’t pay you much. “The players also don’t get their full match fees. We have not received a single penny from the washed-out games from sponsors,” he added.
He further revealed that they had a long discussion with Jonty Rhodes and tried to make him understand that the deduction of match fees was because the matches were completely washed off. “But we were not able to reach an amicable solution. We are still in discussion with Jonty but the other players are not happy, as they want the full payment, and we are asking them for exemptions,” he added.
South Africa Legends’ matches against England Legends and Australia Legends were abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The Sachin Tendulkar-led India Legends defeated Sri Lanka Legends by 61 runs to win the title.