After the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) started a formal dispute over last year's Mzansi Super League (MSL) unpaid fees, Cricket South Africa (CSA) are facing a third legal battle. SACA has had previously launched a case against the CSA over the reconstructing of domestic setup. The Western Province Cricket Association took the CSA to court due to concerns over CSA's financial matters.
The latest case pertains to CSA's alleged failure to pay the agreed amount which was used for the players' commercial rights. In a statement released by the SACA, the association explained that Player Trusts' agreement with CSA granted the latter access to players' images which could be used during the tournament. CSA had to pay the Player Trust, who could then pay the players. However, according to the statement, CSA has been continuously refusing to pay the amount which was agreed upon and therefore the players are also to be paid. The problem is caused as CSA have benefited from the use of their rights during last year's MSL T20. Tony Irish, CEO of SACA, said that they had been trying to resolve the issue for months, but will now have to take legal measures as the players are still not paid.
Irish also emphasised that SACA is still ready to sit down and solve all matters. They want to play a responsible role and are aware of the financial issues that need to be solved together. Their previous issue with the CSA regarding the domestic structure is also not resolved. MSL T20 will begin the second edition next month.