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 Friday, 3 January, 2003, 13:41 GMT
'Rebels' to sue South Africa board
Mike Gatting
Gatting's squad received lucrative contracts
Members of the so-called 'rebel' England squad which toured South Africa in 1990 are planning legal action against the South African board.

The squad, headed by captain Mike Gatting, claim they are owed a combined total of around 140,000 to cover UK income tax payable on their tour fees.

"All the tour party had to pay UK tax but our contracts stated that the fees would be UK tax-free," batsman Chris Broad told BBC Sport Online.

The fact that the tour only lasted six weeks and that we were paid lots isn't an issue

Alan Wells
South Africa were banned from international cricket in 1970 because of the country's apartheid laws.

It was 31 years before they were re-admitted to the ranks of the Test-playing nations.

The 1990 tour was cut short after just nine matches because of protests from anti-apartheid demonstrators.

A fan protests at a rebel match
The tour prompted a storm of protest
But the 16-man party signed contracts for two full tours, thought to be worth around 60,000 each.

And the group, including former England skippers Chris Cowdrey and John Emburey, and chairman of selectors David Graveney, say they should still have received the full amount.

"We were willing to play the remainder of the tour and the second year," batsman Alan Wells told BBC Sport Online.

"We signed the contracts and were willing to fulfil them but it was taken out of our hands.

England rebels 1990
Mike Gatting (capt)
Chris Broad
Bill Athey
Tim Robinson
Alan Wells
Kim Barnett
Bruce French
John Emburey
Richard Ellison
Neil Foster
Paul Jarvis
Matthew Maynard
Greg Thomas
Graham Dilley
Chris Cowdrey
David Graveney
"The fact that the tour only lasted six weeks and that we were paid lots isn't an issue."

During the 1980s a number of 'rebel' tours were organised, featuring players from England, Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The first England tour to the republic was led by Graham Gooch in 1982.

Chief organiser was Dr Ali Bacher, then in charge of the South African Cricket Union, which later became the United Cricket Board.

Now director of the World Cup, Bacher insisted that the UCB have the law behind them.

"The matter has been in the hands of the lawyers for several years, but I am told that South African cricket is on safe legal ground," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

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