After barely a few weeks of retirement, former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh found himself placed in an undesirable situation after players from his team refused to play their match in the ongoing Global T20 Canada competition. Yuvraj Singh is the captain of Toronto Nationals, which is expected to take on Montreal Tigers in a crucial match on Wednesday. The victory would have ensured qualification for Yuvraj’s team to the play-off stage. But, much to the shock of the organisers, players from both the teams refused to board the bus at the team hotel to the CAA Centre in Brampton at the scheduled departure time.
The statement from Global T20 Canada said in a statement, “The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, was delayed due to procedural issues between the players, the GT20 league, and the franchise owners. All the stakeholders had a meeting and addressed the concerns.”
— GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 7, 2019
Although the organizers did not make any reference to the strike by players, a report by ESPNCricinfo said that players from both the teams were angry because of unpaid wages. The website reported that under their contract, 10-15% of the players’ salaries were supposed to be paid before the start of the tournament while the next installment bringing the total to 75% was due by the end of the first round. Most of the players, the report added, have yet to receive any money even though the first round ended on Sunday.
Some players have alleged that they were still waiting for their unpaid wages from 2018.
Yuvraj Singh had recently announced his retirement from international cricket.
Yuvraj Singh’s team won the match by 35 runs and secured a place in the play-off stage. The owners of the league is one Bombay Sports Limited.