More details have come to light about the local cricket fiasco that saw a Melbourne man arrested for alleged theft and deception of $250,000.
It’s alleged a 35-year-old Doncaster man funneled funds from a Mulgrave company into his own business, which then paid for the recruitment of high-profile international cricketers.
While that information was readily available, recent reports have named Endeavor Hills from the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association as the club linked to the arrested.
Endeavor Hills have created headlines throughout the 2022/23 season with the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Fidel Edwards, Shoaib Malik, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dawid Malan among others signing on for the club.
“He was arrested earlier in the week, and the details have emerged today via Paul Amy and Code Sports,” Fox Sports’ Drew Jones said on SEE The Captain’s Run.
“He used the money, funneled it into essentially payouts and wages for Chris Gayle, Fidel Edwards, Shoaib Malik, a couple of Sri Lankan players to come out and play for Endeavor Hills in sort of these special T20 fixtures.”
With one of the games originally billed to take place at Dandenong Shepley Oval this Sunday, Jones pondered whether the clash would be canceled as a result of the allegations.
“One was going to be in Dandenong this Sunday, tickets were on sale, you could get VIP packages, there were cocktail bars, you could get your hair cut with a barber there,” Jones explained.
“They were trying to make it into this big event where they’d bring these cricketers out to Dandenong, but at this stage, it seems unlikely the game is going to go ahead given that they were being paid with money that was stolen, allegedly .”
Given that the news only came to light days before the first star-studded fixture, Jones revealed that power-hitter Gayle had already made his way to Australia but now may be without a game.
“Chris Gayle has flown into Australia, he is ready to go, but he may not actually play,” Jones said.
“He’s flown 36 hours to get to Melbourne to play in this game.
“It’s a very serious story, a very interesting story.”
The second of two star-studded T20s was set to be played on December 4 at the same venue.