London: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has indicated they will exercise their right to select Ross Taylor in their 15-man Champions League squad, which would prove to be an unexpected windfall for New Zealand Cricket.
RCB will pay the 200,000 dollars transfer fee to NZC, to be divided up among the six major associations. Central Districts will receive the major share of the money, being the team that “supplies” Taylor to Bangalore.
Taylor’s manager Leanne McGoldrick said they were working through a process with the organisers of the Champions League, which they hoped to have wrapped up by Saturday, the NZ Herald reports.
According to the Indian Premier League contracts, the franchises have first right of refusal over their contracted players, but they must buy them off their home team. Taylor also qualified for the Champions League through his short-term deal with Victoria.
Victoria have not named him in their initial squad of 20 because they know they won’t have access to him, whereas protocol means both Central Districts and RCB will.
The Champions League is an invitation tournament. No New Zealand team was invited to the 2008 tournament.
New South Wales, winners of the inaugural 2009 tournament in India, received prize money of 2.5 million dollars.