County cricketers agree to ‘maximum reductions’ in salaries to support game


County cricketers will take “maximum reductions” in their salaries throughout April and May and have agreed to waive £1 million ($1.25 million) in prize cash in the course of the coronavirus disaster, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) introduced on Wednesday.

The county championship, comprising four-day matches, was due to begin on Sunday however English cricket is shut down till a minimum of May 28, with the expectation of additional postponements.

The PCA on Wednesday welcomed the collective participant settlement, which covers an preliminary interval of April and May.

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“Discussions between the PCA, ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and 18 first-class counties reached a conclusion today with all parties supporting an initial two-month agreement that will see maximum reductions to player salaries and relinquishing of domestic prize money,” the PCA mentioned in an announcement.

The PCA has relinquished £1 million of the home participant prize cash for 2020 and gamers can even agree to be furloughed if requested to by their county.

Champion Essex confirmed that the membership’s enjoying workers, together with most non-playing workers, had been positioned on furlough.

A variety of different golf equipment together with Yorkshire and Worcestershire had beforehand confirmed they’d be utilizing the federal government’s job retention scheme.

PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell mentioned: “The coronavirus pandemic will proceed to put monetary stress on the game and this preliminary two-month settlement will support the game for the interval of April and May.

“We were due to start the county championship season on Sunday and sadly for us all that will not be the case. As a group of players, we will do everything we can to ensure that when cricket does return the sport is in a position to thrive.” The ECB final week introduced a £61 million support package deal in response to the “once-in-a-generation” problem.

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