England’s centrally-contracted players have joined together to donate half a million pounds to good causes while cricket battles the Coronavirus pandemic. A meeting between all 16 red ball and white ball England cricketers yesterday settled on the donation, equivalent to a three month 20 per cent pay cut. The up front payment will go to the ECB and selected good causes.
England’s women have also agreed to a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June in line with coaches and support staff.
Their details of their salary sacrifice were not made public but were thought also to be 20 percent.
England’s stars were furious earlier this week at suggestions they would not respond to pressure to agree to a cut.
With the ECB conceding the game was facing an unprecedented challenge with a significant portion of the season likely to be lost both Test and white ball captains, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, hinted they were ready to do their bit.
A statement from the Team England Players Partnership (TEPP) which negotiates with the ECB over England contracts suggested it might not be the last donation either.