England pay cuts still an option: Woakes
LONDON: England all-rounder Chris Woakes indicated Thursday pay cuts for the country’s leading cricketers could yet happen as the sport tries to keep financially afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday saw England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison announce he was taking a 25 percent pay cut, with other officials at Lord’s reducing their salaries as well.
That followed his announcement on Tuesday of the ECB’s 61 million pound ($76 million) aid package in response to the "once in a generation" challenge of COVID-19.
Harrison said Tuesday there were no plans to enforce a pay cut on leading England players, with cricket worldwide suspended.
But the ESPNcricinfo website reported Harrison had written to the chief executive of England’s Professional Cricketers Association to suggest centrally contracted stars such as Test captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes volunteer to accept a cut of some 20 percent.
The players, however, do not yet appear to have been contacted directly. - AFP