Sachin Tendulkar has sued Australian bat manufacturer, Spartan Sports International, based in Sydney, over default in payments to the tune of 2 million USD.
As per reports, the legendary cricketer filed a civil lawsuit against the firm for failing to make payments, 1 million USD per year, for availing his services for promotions. As per the documents filed at the Federal Court, Sachin’s deal with Spartan Sports International was signed in 2016. The documents stated that the contract involved the use of the sport’s leading run-scorer's image, logo and other services to sell ‘Sachin by Spartan’ goods and clothing.
As a part of the deal, the former Team India cricketer graced events in London and Mumbai. The documents stated that the company failed to make a single payment till September 2018 and when the firm didn’t oblige even after making a formal request, he ended the agreement. However, as per reports, the company continued to use his name and logo, despite being asked not to do so.
As per reports, Tendulkar has accused Spartan Sports International, of breach of contract and deceptive conduct. The first date for the court hearing has been fixed on June 26 in Sydney.
In January earlier this year, it was reported that the ‘Master Blaster’ had terminated his contract with the company for the default in payments.
The reports then had claimed that the company had dues in payments to other cricketers they had collaborated with, like MS Dhoni as well.
Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket as the leading run scorer in Tests and ODIs in 2012. Since then, he has been involved with the IPL team Mumbai Indians and other business ventures. He had also come up with his autobiography 'Playing it My Way' and a documentary-drama film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams.'
The legend recently made his debut as a commentator in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.