Former England cricket captain, Tony Greig, has denied newspaper reports that his five-year contract with the Waverley Club in Sydney, Australia, is worth more than 632-thousand pounds sterling (about one million dollars US).
GV: The Oval cricket ground.
CU: Tony Greig speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: LINES: "Is it true that you've signed a five-year contract to play grade cricket for Sydney club Waverley?"
SEQ. 2: GREIG: "Yes, that's true, I've signed a five-year contract and I'm looking forward to it."
LINES: "It's been reported that the contract's worth over a million dollars. Would you like to comment on that?"
GRIEG: "Yes, the first comment is that anyone naive enough to read and believe what they read in newspapers sometimes, is very silly. I think that the details of my contract is my business. What I'm getting paid is my business. What I'd only like to say or add, that in fact it's not that the funds are coming out of the Waverley club because, as you probably know, grade clubs in Australia are simple non-profit making and they couldn't afford that sort of money. So it's really Waverley helping to secure contracts outside actual the game of cricket."
LINES: "What were your main reasons for signing for Waverley?"
GREIG: "Well, I've played there before and I like the people that run the club. I thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket for them last time round. We won which is helpful. And I'm looking forward to going back. I've a lot of friends there and I don't believe in changing clubs. I've always said that if I went back to Sydney it would be Waverley and that's where I'm going."
LINES: "Finally, Tony, does this mean that you're given up all hope of playing in English Country cricket from now on?"
GREIG: "Oh, not at all. I don't go down that easy. We've got a court case coming up and everything really depends on that, it seems to me, and until such time as we definitely are told, I've got a one-year contract. As far as I'm concerned I'll be with Sussex next year, until such time as I'm told that I definitely will not be able to play. I'm certainly looking forward to next summer."
LINES: "Good luck, Tony, I hope you're able to fulfil that with Sussex."
GRIEG: "Thank you very much."
REPORTER: PHIL LINES
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Background: Former England cricket captain, Tony Greig, has denied newspaper reports that his five-year contract with the Waverley Club in Sydney, Australia, is worth more than 632-thousand pounds sterling (about one million dollars US). Greig, a South African, has been controversial figure in international cricket and some say his personal drive moulded the fighting spirit of the English test side.
SYNOPSIS: Tony Greig's lost the English captaincy when he signed on with Australian television magnate Kerry Packer. He speaks with Phil Lines of Visnews.