Melbourne:Upset with the postponement of the $6 million Champions League to October next year, Cricket Victoria has said it will join hands with the other particiapting team, Western Australia (WA) and press for compensation from the nation's cricket Board.
WA and Victoria were supposed to take part in the inaugural Champions League this year but would now have to re-qualify for the tournament by finishing either champions or runners-up in Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament after the event was postponed to October next year following last month's Mumbai mayhem.
The Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, that killed almost 200 people, led to the series being abandoned on Friday during a teleconference between CA, Cricket South Africa and Indian Cricket Board officials, the joint organisers of the tournament.
Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide said the abandonment was disappointing as the state team was planning on a minimum 600,000 Australian dollars windfall from the league, but instead they will now have to incur huge loss.
He said Victoria have already spent funds on accommodation, flights, apparel and support staff, and feared losing potential new sponsors linked specifically to the tournament.
"What is disappointing from CA's position is that we had budgeted for this as part of our income. We were on the verge of going and we have spent 100,000 Australian dollars on the trip," Dodemaide was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.
"The projected income was a minimum of 600,000 Australian dollar in basic prizemoney. It would have rocketed to 2 million Australian dollars if the team won the tournament.
"We now will seek discussions with Cricket Australia to seek compensation. We are now severely out of pocket instead of having a financial windfall," he added.
The Champions League was slated to feature two teams from Australia, India and South Africa, and one each from Pakistan and England.
Victoria's statement came a day after WA Chief Executive Graeme Wood said they will seek compensation from CA for the loss they have incurred following the postponement of the tournament.