Australian cricketers may need to settle for a pay cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conceded Test captain Tim Paine however insisted that making monetary sacrifices is a “small thing” within the present scenario and so they are prepared to “do their bit”.
A pay cut for the highest cricketers appears to be on the playing cards with Cricket Australia delaying annual contracts for each the boys’s and ladies’s nationwide groups. CA is making ready for the potential of a severely-affected dwelling summer season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Certainly discussions will start happening in the next week or so,” Paine was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
“Certainly if issues occur comparable to what’s occurred to soccer and different sports activities, then we’ve definitely received to do our bit to ensure that the sport survives and stays actually wholesome for years to come.
“If it comes to that, I’m positive that’s one thing that the players will take a look at. But there are larger points happening all over the world in the meanwhile than how a lot our sportsmen are going to receives a commission. That’ll be a small factor to us if that was to occur.”
Australia may have overtaken India within the World Test Championship forward of the Border-Gavaskar sequence if Paine’s aspect would have managed a 2-zero sequence win over Bangladesh in June however with the coronavirus outbreak forcing a cricket shutdown, the tour is now unlikely to go forward.
“You don’t have to be Einstein to realise (the Bangladesh tour) is probably unlikely to go ahead, particularly in June. Whether it’s cancelled or pushed back, we’re not quite sure at the moment,” Paine mentioned.
“Some series have been cancelled and whether ones going forward are going to be continually cancelled or we’re going to postpone them (is uncertain) but it’s a couple of Test matches and if at the end of the day we have to miss them, then so be it.”There is a lot of uncertainty over the rescheduling of the worldwide calender, particularly with the World Test Championship closing slated for June 2021.
Paine mentioned they are keen to make the decider and may want to play 5 successive weeks to full the World Test Championship.
“… possibly players are going to undergo a interval the place we play 5 weeks’ cricket (at a stretch) if we are able to to full the Test championship. I feel all players might be in favour of making an attempt to end that in any approach we are able to.
“But once more if it doesn’t occur as I mentioned there are larger points on the earth and lacking a few Test matches isn’t going to damage us,” he mentioned.