SA cricketers in line for financial windfall

Updated: 03 January 2009 16:20 IST

South African players are in line for hefty bonuses following their historic Test series victory in Australia.

SA cricketers in line for financial windfall
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Johannesburg:

South African players are in line for hefty bonuses following their historic Test series victory in Australia.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola said the players would share the profit as shareholders of CSA. "In a way, the players are now each writing out their own cheques with their performances," Majola said.

"The better they perform and the more money that comes in, the more the players benefit from it," he was quoted as saying in Afrikaans daily 'Beeld'.

Majola hoped the first series win over Australia in Australia would also generate interest in the game in South Africa.

"There will now be unprecedented interest in the game for the (forthcoming) home series (against Australia) and with many more people streaming to the grounds, the players' share of the financial benefits will be that much greater.

"The players realise that as shareholders of CSA, there is a responsibility on them to achieve, and thereby ensure that cricket (in South Africa) grows and is profitable," Majola said.

Meanwhile, South African Cricket Players' Association chief executive Tony Irish lauded the team and the CSA for the success Down Under.

"The administration of cricket in South Africa is very sound. This is a very happy team and there are no problems behind the scenes at CSA. There has been hard work for the past few years to bring about this process," said Irish.

"The players will therefore get bonuses for what they achieved in Australia, (but) the biggest bonus is what this victory will do for interest in the game in South Africa.

"It will have a domino effect and grow the involvement of sponsors and other stakeholders in the sport."

Topics : Cricket South Africa
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