The spread of the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. The sports spectrum has also suffered a great deal due to it and Indian cricket is not aloof of it. Apart from bringing a stagnancy on the field, the COVID-19 virus has affected the financial aspects of every team to a great deal.
With sporting action all around the globe being suspended due to the rapid spread of the virus, generating revenue for sports bodies and authorities has become a cumbersome task. What adds to the burden is the fact that they will have to bear with the fixed costs which include players’ salaries.
However, there has been some good news coming from foreign football leagues wherein the entire players of the team have accepted a pay cut-off supporting their sporting boards and management. Recently, Juventus, one of the greatest football clubs in Europe, announced that its players have accepted a price-cut for this season. A piece of similar news broke out from FC Barcelona as well in Spain.
The cricketing boards of multiple nations are drawing inspiration from this step and Indian cricketers too might have to face a pay cut in the coming days.
Indian Cricketers Might Face Pay Cut Due To COVID-19: Ashok Malhotra
Former India batsman and currently the president of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) Ashok Malhotra feels that in the present grim situation, where there is huge uncertainty around the cash-rich IPL, India’s cricketers, some of them, the richest in the sport, could soon face a pay cut.
“The BCCI is the parent body of the cricketers. It’s a company. If a company is making losses, then it all filters down. In Europe, almost all the footballers normally paid the highest among all, are taking a huge pay cut, which has been announced by their associations. This was an unexpected scenario,” said Ashok Malhotra.
“These are very tough times. So, everyone will have to try and contribute from their pocket. I know it’s not fair to reduce the salaries of the players, but if the parent body is not earning as much as it was doing before, the cricketers will definitely have to expect a pay cut,” Ashok Malhotra added.
Major Cricketing Events Come To A Hold After Coronavirus
Recently, the IPL 2020 was postponed till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series has also been called off.
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