WELLINGTON: Can a car presented as an award come with a price tag? That was certainly done for New Zealand speed legend Richard Hadlee who had to offer a one-week vacation to his team-mates to take him home in 1986.
Hadlee won the Alfa Romeo Saloon as a prize for being recognized as an International Cricket Player of the Year after his exploits in Australia in the 1985-86 Test series where he took 33 goals in three matches, guiding the team to win the first Test series. Below.
But there is a small problem with bringing it home – Black Caps puts every cash award into team funds.
“… there was a presentation at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and I was given a car key and (they) would send a car to New Zealand, which I thought was good,” recalled Hadlee when speaking with Ian Smith on the ‘Sky Sports’ podcast.
“There’s a difference. It’s an ‘object’, if you like it. Only after we were on the plane home did management say to me, ‘Richard, you have to sell the car and put the money in the team’s funds.’
Hadlee said he was determined to guard the car.
“I said, ‘What if I want to keep a car?’, And he said, ‘You have to put money from your own pocket into the team’s fund’ with whatever value that car is. I think it’s around NZD 30 -35,000, about think like that. “
Hadlee said in the end he offered a one-week vacation to his teammates at the Lake Taupo resort to ensure that he could maintain the car.
“I think the stigma of keeping the car there for a very long time,” he said.
“I like to think now it’s all over, but there are some people who are very, very bitter about that decision.
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