England’s best cricketers are open to taking a pay cut to do their bit for the game even though they have been promised their contracts in full.
Ben Stokes branded the suggestion that England players were against a pay cut as ‘utter lies’ as one day skipper Eoin Morgan revealed they were ‘extremely willing to help.’
The ECB have guaranteed the 12 month deals worth between £170,000 for white ball and £700,000 for red ball players, but their revenue streams rely on cricket being played and reserves are running low.
It is estimated an entire summer with no cricket would cost the game £300million and the players are determined to make sure they are part of any solution to help the game.
“As players we are open to helping in whatever way possible,” said Morgan.
“At the moment answering how we can help is difficult.
“You watch things on the news and things are obviously very serious, but in relation to what we are trying to do – play cricket and get back out on the field – it seems to be quite a while away.
“I’m extremely willing to help where I know it will make a difference. I’m open to absolutely everything, helping when and where I can.
“I’m aware how serious the situation is and aware how everyone will be affected from top to toe within the game and every sport.”
Despite a £40million package being re-routed to the counties on Wednesday, the lack of cricket and other functions has left some clubs looking to cut their costs further by furloughing staff and asking players to take a pay cut.
At the weekend ECB chief executive Tom Harrison sent a letter to his counterpart at the Professional Cricketer’s Association Tony Irish, trying to gather support for players across the game to take a 20 percent pay cut which would save £8 million.
In a separate letter to centrally contracted players not included in the above numbers Harrison declared that the ECB would honour those payments for this year in full.
Understandably though it would leave England players in an ugly position were county pros taking pay cuts while they weren’t, which is why the PCA are keen to have their members act all together rather than as separate entities.
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