“We’re holding just $40,000 simply because we want the players to pay their taxes to the government first before they demand the remaining money,” said team manager Ramesh Bhalla.

His side is currently in the United Arab Emirates to play their ICC Intercontinental Cup semi-final against Scotland, which starts in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

“If the players, who were also receiving a salary of $1,000 each month under the old contract, don’t pay their taxes the government will hold us responsible and under the circumstances we have no option but to withhold their money, which anyway is pretty small,” Bhalla told Reuters on Monday.

The Kenyan players have already boycotted an ICC Intercontinental Cup qualifier against Namibia, forcing the KCA to select a new team under a special two-month contract.

Steve Tikolo, former national team captain, has said each player was owed over $4,000 for reaching the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa two years ago.

“Our contract expired on September 30. We are now being offered two-month contracts tailor made to cover the KCA because of Intercontinental Cup matches in October and November,” said Tikolo.

Bhalla, however, does not see much substance in the players’ argument.

“Most of the former players have become a spent force and it is important that we groom a team for the future.

“Earlier, 90 per cent of our players were 32 plus but the present team boasts young players whose average age is between 17 and 19,” he said.