Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted India Cricketers’ Association (ICA) President Ashok Malhotra for saying that Indian cricketers must take pay cuts resulting from sporting occasions being suspended throughout the globe amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a column for Mid-Day, Gavaskar wrote: “Like with any sport, in case you don’t play you don’t receives a commission and that’s what is going to occur. What was amusing although was to learn that the president of the Indian Cricketers’ Association has stated there must be pay cuts for the India internationals and the primary-class gamers too.
“One can perceive him attempting to curry favour with the BCCI however with whose authority is he speaking concerning the cuts is the query. The present India internationals and the primary-class gamers usually are not members of the gamers’ physique so he can’t be talking on their behalf. It’s simple to speak about pay cuts if it doesn’t harm your individual pocket.”
Earlier, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal had instructed IANS that there have been no such discussions and whereas the setback from the pandemic shall be large, salary cut isn’t on the thoughts of the board officers.
“No, we have not spoken about this (pay cut). Whatever the steps after this setback, it will be taken judiciously and keeping the interest of all people in mind. Any step taken needs to be thought out and right now we haven’t even thought about it. Obviously this is a big setback, but we will go about this in a way that nobody gets affected. These things can be discussed once things settle down,” he had stated.