Updated: April 1, 2020 5:48:03 pm
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has introduced a 61 million pound package deal to assist the game “withstand” the monetary affect of the COVID-19 pandemic however didn’t declare any speedy reduce within the gamers’ salaries.
According to the ECB, monetary help shall be made out there at each degree of the sport throughout counties, boards and golf equipment.
“We understand these are challenging times and it has been our priority to provide swift and immediate support to all members of the cricket family at every level in England and Wales,” Tom Harrison, chief govt officer of the ECB, stated.
Around 40 million kilos shall be made out there instantly, with an extra 21 million to comply with in interest-free loans with a selected give attention to making certain that the sport can survive at a leisure degree.
“We are absolutely conscious that the state of affairs with COVID-19 will proceed to develop, and it is going to be months earlier than the complete monetary fallout is made clear.
We will proceed work with all of our companions to guard the continuing well being of all the recreation within the quick time period and past,” Harrison stated.
Meanwhile Harrison stated there have been no plans to chop the pay of centrally contracted England gamers, although he warned that there can be extra issues forward if the pandemic precipitated nearly all of the summer season to be worn out.
“We would like to thank everyone within the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect the game during this period of uncertainty,” he stated.
Last month, the ECB suspended all skilled cricket until May 28, delaying the beginning of the brand new season, as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
The pandemic, which originated within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in Hubei province, has claimed over 42,000 lives the world over whereas infecting greater than 8,50,000. The United Kingdom has up to now reported almost 1800 deaths.
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