England veteran paceman Stuart Broad enjoyed a sensational summer of Test cricket against the West Indies and Pakistan. Stuart Broad picked up 16 wickets against West Indies followed by 13 against Pakistan as the hosts comfortably beat both the opponents in two three-match Test series. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacting the England Cricket Board, Broad is ready to cooperate and open to taking pay cuts and backs the other players to do so.
Recently, the England Cricket Board had to force cutting 62 jobs due to the pandemic situation as announced by the governing body, amounting to 20 % of the slashing of the staffs. ECB chief executive Tom Harrison claimed that the association has already lost £100 million and could extend to £200 million if the outbreak continues to affect the next season too. Harrison also commented that they would not have resorted to such measures seven months ago.
Stuart Broad underlined that players are quite open to accepting pay cuts and they would not complain about the same, considering the current situation. The 34-year old highlighted that they have to be making such sacrifices as how the rest of the world has been doing and would be wrong for the players to have the same pay despite cutting off 62 people.
“I think 100 per cent there’ll be pay cuts. The players are very aware of the situation. With the ECB having to potentially lose 60-odd staff, it would be wrong that the players stay on a similar pay. I’ve not heard any official sort of numbers,”
“The players are very open to that sort of thing. I don’t think you’ll be getting any players complaining about taking more pay cuts because it’s sort of in line with the world, isn’t it? “It would be a really average feeling to have that we were not making sacrifices like the rest of the world. So I don’t think you’ll get too many people complaining of whatever comes our way,” Stuart Broad told Sky Sports.
Stuart Broad glad to have some cricket this summer:
At the same time, the Nottinghamshire seamer was thankful to have some cricket this home summer and hailed the ECB for arranging it. He added that without that, the whole game might have been quite messy. Hence, Broad feels that it is their responsibility to cooperate as well. The only series that England lost this summer was the ODI leg against Australia.
“At the end of the day we’re just lucky and fortunate that we got some cricket in this summer to get the ECB in a position that it can keep supporting the whole of cricket in the future. If we hadn’t got any cricket this summer, the whole game would have looked a complete mess. So yes, the players are fully aware of our responsibilities and will be very open to anything the ECB offer,” he added.