The 10 members of Ireland's World Cup squad on duty in this week's Quadrangular Series will return to action against West Indies tomorrow with an extra £3,500 in their pockets.
More than 11 weeks after their return from the Caribbean they will receive the bonus payments for their World Cup success when they report for training at Clontarf today, but only after a media black-out on Wednesday forced their employers to expedite matters.
A players' statement, following Ireland's dramatic one run comeback victory against the Netherlands at Stormont on Wednesday highlighted the fact they had yet to received any money for their efforts in the extended seven-week odyssey from Jamaica to Grenada.
ICU chief executive Warren Deutrom, however, confirmed yesterday that the money was 'going to be paid next week and it was just coincidence that the money was suddenly available within a day of the team's ‘silent protest'.
Deutrom said: 'We knew there was the potential for making a significant amount of money from the (India-South Africa) series but … the result is we are going to do no more than break even.
'The hoped for windfall won't happen, fundamentally because we had only two weeks to sell the games. 'But I have been talking to (team captain) Trent Johnston on this very issue for the last three or four days about making sure the players get paid because I have been trying to foster a meeting with a professional facilitator between the players' representatives and the ICU to move things forward.
'Not surprisingly, the players weren't interested, they just wanted paid and although the public perception will be that they had to issue this statement to force the issue, that was not the case. We were just waiting to complete our sums.'
The players will not admit their performance for 90 overs of the match against the Netherlands on Wednesday had anything to do with non-payment but it certainly did not reflect the result as the Dutch were on course for a comfortable win until the batting imploded against, admittedly, accurate bowling by Kevin O'Brien and Andre Botha.
The bowling for the first 40 overs was more worrying although credit to Johnston for persevering with Gary Kidd after the Waringstown slow left armer was hit for 16 in his fourth over. It would have been the easiest decision of the day to remove the 20 year old, on his ODI debut and playing only his second game for Ireland, from the attack but the captain showed faith in slow bowler and Kidd responded with another tidy five overs which showed his character and more than justified his selection.
National Coach Phil Simmons said yesterday he was chosen, instead of Andrew White, because the Dutch 'usually have problems' against the ball leaving the bat and although he didn't take a wicket, he proved 'he is good enough to be in the team as a bowler'.
Simmons also defended Eoin Morgan's go-slow at the start of the match - he scored 19 runs in the first 27 overs.
'His assessed the wicket and batted to suit. And his tactics paid off because we got up to 210, which I thought was more than a winning score. But we didn't put the ball in the right places early on. We forgot our basics until Kevin and Andre showed how it should be done. But we need to get things on target for the next couple of games,' said Simmons. Starting tomorrow, against the West Indies at Clontarf.