Kaieteur Sport has learnt that there was significant disparity in payments to 17 players as a result of a settlement negotiated as part of the 2009 New York Agreement (NYA).
WIPA handpicked four players to receive US$55,147 (GY$11,029,400) each while 13 other players received a mere US$17,647 (GY$3,529,400) each.
Shockingly the most senior player, Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was not nominated by WIPA for the larger payout packet. The other Guyanese players who received just over GY$3.5m were Narsingh Deonarine and Sewnarine Chattergoon.
In the NYA which was brokered in late 2009, the WICB agreed to pay the 17 players a total of US$450,000 (GY$90,000,000) to “settle all outstanding matters”as a final settlement. The WICB began disbursing payment equally among the players but WIPA strongly objected to this and instructed WICB to pay the players based on WIPA instructions.
What is most curious is that after WIPA’s instructions, each of the ‘Big Four’ players wrote to WICB instructing that WICB pay their portion of US$37,500 each to WIPA, so only US$300,000 went to the players directly, while WIPA collected a whooping US$150,000 (GY$30,000,000) for itself.
There has been no public explanation as to why these four players were paid more than the other 13 players and several players have said that no explanation was provided by WIPA to the membership.
Fidel Edwards, Runako Morton, Ravi Rampaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell all began their international careers before Denesh Ramdin but they were overlooked by WIPA for the larger payment.
The 17 are: Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Runako Morton, Brendan Nash, Ravi Rampaul, Andrew Richardson, Jerome Taylor, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Darren Powell, Fidel Edwards and Lionel Baker.