A MAN who says he was paid $30k in back-rent by Cricket Australia says he never knew the money was going to the club and said he only got $25k out of it.
Adam Cairns says he paid $15k for his car in December but the money never showed up.
Cricket Australia did not return calls on Monday and Mr Cairs’ statement does not say what was paid for it.
“I just didn’t realise that money was being paid out,” Mr Carns said.
“I think it was probably the first time in my life I ever felt like a loser.”
Cairns was living in the Melbourne suburb of Chippendale, west of Melbourne, when he got his first rental car, which he paid for through Cricket Australia.
“It’s very much a gamble because I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said.
“So, I did the best I could do and went out and got it as soon as I could.”
Crickets are a club that’s been around for 50 years, so I didn (get) the money.
“But the money will go to charity.
It’s the right thing to do.”
Cricketing Australia confirmed it had been in contact with Mr Carmns.
“As with all financial matters, we have not been in touch with Mr Adam Cairn,” a spokesman said.
The spokesman said Cricket Australia did the “right thing” by providing Mr Cars money and that the club had not been approached by Mr Cairs.
Cairs said he would have been happy to take the money back and was looking forward to seeing the car, but he said he had no intention of going back to the game.
“You never know,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“And it’s a shame it’s come to this.
It might be a chance to show the club how it feels.”
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