‘Utter lies’: Ben Stokes hits out at reports saying England players refuse pay cut
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Updated: April 1, 2020 4:05:19 pm

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Ben Stokes has fired again at reports that players from England’s cricket staff have refused to take pay cuts because the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic and the attainable monetary implications of the outbreak.

An ESPNCricinfo report – with the headline ‘England’s centrally contracted players determine towards non permanent pay cut’ – stated on Wednesday that England’s cricketers had “declined the supply to just accept a brief pay cut as a part of the game’s efforts to fight the challenges set by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“While the ECB understood they could not compel the players to accept a pay cut, they had hoped they might volunteer one as a gesture in an unprecedented crisis. But, after receiving a less than enthusiastic response to the idea, in a media conference on March 31, ECB is…not seeking pay cuts from England players,” the article elaborated.

(ECB) has announced a 61 million pound package to assist the game “withstand” the monetary affect of the outbreak.

Last month, the ECB suspended all skilled cricket until May 28, delaying the beginning of the brand new season.

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England’s tour of Sri Lanka was referred to as off final month because the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic grew increasingly more evident.

England’s house Test collection towards West Indies and Pakistan and restricted overs collection with Australia from June to August are additionally at danger of being postponed or cancelled if the scenario doesn’t enhance, resulting in an additional lack of income.

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