Speaking to Sam Worthington of the Dominion Post, embattled Central Districts coach and former England international Dermot Reeve, who recently accused current England international Ravi Bopara of ball-tampering in the New Zealand domestic competition, points out that even though the team pays to have him flown in from his home in Sydney for each match, it’s still less pricey than last year when he lived in Queenstown, because flights from Sydney are cheaper than flights to and from Queenstown:
”As far as I’m concerned I’m at the final and I’m the coach,” Reeve said.
”I don’t really want to get into hot water with New Zealand Cricket.
”It’s very much news to me, that apparently I’ve lost the respect of the dressing room.
”It sounds to me that there’s a bit of stirring going on.”
Reeve said he would ”absolutely” fulfil his contract through till the end of the season though [CD CEO Blair] Furlong wasn’t willing to offer the same guarantee.
Muddying the waters is the fact Reeve has torn a tendon in his foot.
”I’m going to require a moon boot and a bit of time off my leg to make sure that it heals. The last thing I want to do is risk snapping my Achilles and being out for six months.”
His trips to and from Sydney have raised eyebrows, but Reeve said it was normal practice and the entire squad had dispersed.
”At CD, everybody gets flown home between matches. They fly me to where my family and my wife is, which is Sydney, rather than flying me to Queenstown like they did last year. It’s no different. Flights are cheaper to Sydney than to Queenstown.”
Source: Dominion Post, 28 December 2010