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ECB announce range of cost-cutting measures

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The ECB has announced a number of measures to cut costs as the entirety of the cricketing summer threatens to be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The governing body has proposed temporary pay-cuts for all employees, beginning for two months from April 1. The ECB board and executive management board are to have their pay reduced by 20 per cent, while chief executive Tom Harrison has volunteered for a 25 per cent pay cut.

Some staff are to be furloughed through the UK government’s job retention scheme which pays 80 per cent of employees’ wages to a limit of £2,500 a month. The ECB has revealed that it will supplement the government scheme to ensure staff then receive 100 per cent of their reduced wages. Recruitment has also been halted for the rest of the year.

On the matter of England’s centrally-contracted players, Harrison revealed to reporters on Tuesday that ECB is not “seeking” pay cuts from them.

Earlier on Wednesday, England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan was asked whether he would be willing to take a pay cut if directly offered to by the ECB.

“I think I’m extremely willing to help where I know it’s going to make a difference,” said Morgan. “In the extremely uncertain times at the moment where nobody seems to have any answers to the actual impact it will have on international cricket, English cricket, county cricket, I’m open to absolutely everything. I’m very aware how serious the situation is, that everybody will be affected within the game and in every sport. I’m open to helping where and when I can.”


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