Club over Country: We don’t pay the wages other countries do, admits New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

first_imgIndian cricketers are due for a pay raise which is currently only held up due to administrative hiccups resulting out of BCCI’s legal hassles. Efforts are on to adequately compensate even Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara who don’t get to benefit from IPL riches.In contrast New Zealand, India’s next opponents, would feel they are playing another sport. Earlier this month their leading left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan inked a deal to play for Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash, refusing a central contract with New Zealand cricket.Indian cricket fans would remember McClenaghan playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, managing to keep Mitchell Johnson on the bench.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson when asked if players making such choices leads to lack of motivation in the change room, ducked under. “The coach would be the best suited to answer this,” he said.The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was more forthcoming and understanding of the decision their premier seamer took.”I think from a New Zealand cricket perspective, we don’t pay the wages that other countries do. So players do get to a point at their careers where they have to decide where their priorities are in terms of whether it is about preparing for your future. We very much respect Mitch’s decision at this stage of his career,” he said.Ironically having taken the decision to turn a freelance cricketer, McClenaghan has got off to a false start with the South African T20 global league remaining a non starter this year where he was supposed to play later in the year.advertisementMcClenaghan has spoken about going back to playing four-day cricket back home sending out a message to team coach Hesson.Hesson speaking in Mumbai has indicated the door is not closed. “Just because you’re not a contracted player doesn’t mean you’re not available to play. It just means that there are tournaments throughout the year where you’re not available and therefore other players get opportunities to make the most of those. We could well be confronted with those situations in the future years and it’s very much an individual thing,” he said.Hesson’s comments point towards the pausity of resources in New Zealand cricket and bring out the often overlooked pay disparity’ in world cricket. This is also reflected from another reality where New Zealand cricket board has only preferred to schedule four Test matches in the coming year, finding more long form cricket commercially unviable.Their skipper and one of the best in the trade with the bat, Kane Williamson can do little about it. No wonder he chooses to duck questions which is otherwise his last resort when facing the red cherry.last_img read more