Cricket: Black Caps set for big payday

By David Leggat

Mitchell Santner celebrates with Martin Guptill during the Black Caps' win over Pakistan. Photo / Getty
Mitchell Santner celebrates with Martin Guptill during the Black Caps' win over Pakistan. Photo / Getty

New Zealand's cricketers are three wins away from a substantial payday at the world T20 championship.

The breakdown of monies to go to teams at the world T20 means New Zealand stand to trouser more than $US3 million, if they go on to win the final in Kolkata early on April 4 (NZT).

Every team in the main draw and the qualifying tournament, which preceded it, receives $US300,000 as a participation fee.

There is a bonus of $US50,000 for teams winning every group game - and only New Zealand can achieve that in pool 2, if they beat Bangladesh in Kolkata this weekend to complete a four-from-four sweep.

The losing semifinalists get $US750,000 each, the runners-up receive $US1.5 million, while the winners pocket $3.5 million.

So, should New Zealand lose their semifinal, they could get $US1.1million; lose the final and that leaps to $1.85 million.

The expectation is the money will be shared by the New Zealand players, with a chunk set aside for support staff.

The women's teams have far less financial remuneration at their concurrent world tournament, but it is still an increase on a few years ago.

In the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, the women's pot was worth $US45,000; that climbed to $US60,000 for 2012.

This time, the total pool is $US400,000, up 22 percent from 2014.

The winners receive $US70,000, runnersup get $US30,000; losing semifinalists $US15,000 each and a group win is worth $US2,500.

New Zealand have never won either of the world titles, although the women were beaten finalists in the 2009 and 2012 editions, losing to England, then Australia. They are leading their pool, and next face South Africa early on Sunday (NZT) in Bangalore.

The men were semifinalists in the inaugural tournament in 2007 but have been ordinary in subsequent events. They have a big chance to put that right in the coming week.

- NZ Herald

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