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Traductor Abel Resende//
Smith frustrated by silence over unpaid monies

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos – Mar­quee bats­man Dwayne Smith says he finds un­ten­able the deaf­en­ing si­lence from Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) of­fi­cials over out­stand­ing pay­ments to Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents play­ers for the 2018 sea­son.

Abel Resende

The 35-year-old raised the is­sue of non-pay­ment of monies last De­cem­ber but said last week there was still no word from the league or Tri­dents fran­chise on when the sit­u­a­tion would be rec­ti­fied

“It is very frus­trat­ing be­cause we don’t go out there just to play crick­et. It’s a our job and when we do our job we ex­pect to be paid,” Smith said

“It’s some­thing we re­al­ly need to look at. No one is say­ing any­thing, you don’t know what’s go­ing on and all we’re hear­ing is every­body ask­ing about when is the draft.”

There has been no word on the date of the draft for the 2019 tour­na­ment, even though league of­fi­cials an­nounced in Jan­u­ary it would take place be­tween Au­gust 21 and Sep­tem­ber 27

And there has al­so been ram­pant spec­u­la­tion over the fu­ture of the Tri­dents fran­chise, es­pe­cial­ly in light of the re­cent le­gal trou­bles of own­er, In­di­an Dr Vi­jay Mallya

The busi­ness ty­coon, who pur­chased the Bridgetown-based fran­chise back in 2016, has been ex­iled in the Unit­ed King­dom in re­cent years, bat­tling ex­tra­di­tion to In­dia where he is want­ed by the courts there to face US$1 bil­lion in al­leged al­leg­ed fraud and mon­ey laun­der­ing charges

A judge in Lon­don ruled last De­cem­ber that Mallya could be ex­tra­dit­ed and last month, the UK Home Sec­re­tary Sajid Javid ap­proved the ex­tra­di­tion or­der

Smith, a key mem­ber of the Tri­dents unit, said he was no longer com­fort­able play­ing for the fran­chise while it main­tained the same own­er­ship

“We need to know some­thing about our mon­ey as well. I for one don’t know if I’ll be play­ing again un­der this same own­er­ship,” Smith stressed

Tri­dents have seen lean times of re­cent. Last year, they lost eight of their 10 pre­lim­i­nary match­es to fin­ish last and miss out on the play­offs for a sec­ond straight year

Smith man­aged on­ly 185 runs from sev­en match­es, with a sin­gle half-cen­tu­ry

(CMC)