The county cricketers of England will have to face an extended reduction of their salaries until the end of July.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has previously announced that there will be no domestic cricket until at least August 1. Following that announcement, the Professional Cricketer’s Association has also agreed to extend the reduction of their players’ salaries until the end of July.
Previously, the PCA has agreed that their players would accept deductions of up to 17% in their salary and pension contributions. In the same agreement, the domestic prize money worth GBP 1.5 million has been relinquished to help support the finances of county matches.
With that, payments for the players may be reduced of up to 20%. Aside from that, each county will then reimburse the salary and pension deductions that are above 12% for those players who had not been retained.
As per PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell, ‘Although a great amount of uncertainty remains in domestic cricket, it does appear there is light at the end of the tunnel for players to return at some stage this summer. However, with no cricket to be played in June or July and therefore no revenue to be generated by counties, players have agreed to extend measures to protect the futures of all counties’.
He also added that this has not been an easy decision for the board as they are fully aware that this causes great disruption to their members. However, the PCA committee has agreed that this is the right thing to do because of the pandemic’s impact on the sport.
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