www.islandstats.com can reveal that the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association (BCUA) have decided to withdraw their services for the upcoming 2020 season due to the failure of being paid for 2019 services.
A spokesperson for the BCUA states, “This this message serves to put you on notice that the BCUA has been treated with scan respect in terms of having worked religiously all summer in support of local cricket now to have payment for those services deliberately witheld. I can let you know now in advance of the 2020 season that no member of the BCUA will be setting foot on any cricket ground unless they are paid at the agreed rate on or before 16th December 2019. This state of affairs is disrespectful and disingenuous and is unbecoming of a professional association with responsibility for all cricket in Bermuda.”
When contacted by www.islandstats.com, Calvin Blankendal the Executive Director of the Bermuda Cricket Board said, “At the Semi AGM the 2019 umpire fees were introduced by the BCUA. At that meeting, there was no resolution by the membership at large to accept the new fees. The matters has not yet been resolved and will be readdressed again tonight with the full membership. The member clubs pay the board who then transfers the fees onto the BCUA. The BCB does not pay the BCUA out of its finances but acts as intermediary.”