Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is a “bit” surprised that Cricket Australia is struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 pandemic however mentioned gamers will work along with the governing physique to beat the disaster.
With the coronavirus outbreak halting all cricketing motion, Cricket Australia (CA) has laid off 80 per cent of its workers for the remaining of the financial yr which ends on June 30. Reports suggest that CA will run out of cash by August.
“I was a bit surprised there but there has to be some impact, no doubt,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
Hazlewood mentioned the financial disaster will hit cricketers too and they’re prepared for a diminished wage.
“We are no different from any other sport. It just depends how long it hangs around as to how much it is going to affect us, I guess. If it leads into next summer, it will be quite serious,” Hazlewood mentioned.
“We’re obviously partners in the game and we’ve always said that. We have ridden the highs and now its probably time to ride the lows, a little bit.”CA and Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) had an unpleasant pay dispute in 2017 however Hazlewood mentioned relations have improved since and hoped this disaster will be dealt with higher this time.
“I think the relationship is a lot better now, between the ACA and CA. It’s developed a long way in the last 18 months to two years, probably,” he mentioned.
“… so that will go a good distance in direction of having this episode (dealt with) so much higher than final time. It’s all constructive from our finish and I feel, from each ends.
“Hopefully it’s so much higher communication this time and I feel you will see that within the coming weeks and the approaching months. As lengthy as they present so much of transparency on all of the numbers, all of the gamers will be fairly pleased with that.”According to the MOU signed in 2017, CA has to offer ACA with income estimates and a nationwide contract record for the upcoming summer time by April 30 and Hazlewood expects the deadline to be met so that gamers will be higher ready for the financial fallout.
“April 30 is what the players want and it’s in the MOU but I guess these are strange times. Anything can happen,” Hazlewood mentioned.
“The very best (scenario) is that they’re put out earlier than April 30 and clearly then we will know, financially, what we are able to prepare for and the way a lot of a share is misplaced and the way a lot of our contracts are affected.
“The sooner we all know that, the extra we are able to plan for the following 12 months.”The world well being disaster, which has killed greater than 1.6 lakh worldwide, has put this yr’s T20 World Cup and India’s tour of Australia beneath risk.