England’s centrally contracted men’s players have agreed to a 15% pay cut for the next 12 months. The players’ decision came after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) reached an agreement with Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) following the financial implications of Covid-19.
In September, the ECB was forced to lay off 20% of its workforce, a total of 62 roles, in response to a financial hit in excess of £100 million due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the players have agreed a reduction in their pay, which is made up of retainers, match fees and win bonuses. The pay cut will be taking effect for the 12-month period from October 1.
Last month, the ECB had announced its central contract. It had announced 12 red- and 12 white-ball contracts for the 12-month period from October 1, with five players – Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes – being awarded both.
According to media reports, the annual contracts were worth £650,000 for Test players and £275,000 for white-ball players while they also stood to earn a further £14,500 per Test appearance, and £4,500 for each limited-overs match. Joe Root, as the England Test captain, also received a supplement of £175,000.
“I would like to thank the players and TEPP for their collaboration,” said Ashley Giles, England men’s cricket managing director.
“The relationship with our men’s players and their representatives is strong, and we need to recognise that our players, led by captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, have conducted themselves with great maturity and responsibility throughout this challenging time,” he added.
England cricket, nonetheless, showed signs of returning to normalcy in July when they successfully hosted West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. They are now scheduled to visit South Africa next month for a limited-overs series.