County cricketers in England have now agreed for a further pay cut until the end of July as the domestic game is on standstill by the coronavirus. The PCA & the 18 English counties had previously agreed to a salary cut for a period of 2 months i.e April & May due to the financial crisis from the Pandemic. The pay cut is fixed at a maximum reduction of 20 percent. Sixteen counties have used the government’s furlough scheme during the lockdown with Lancashire and Surrey the only teams opting out.
The ECB has recently announced that there would be no domestic cricket played before August 1. PCA Chairman and Worcestershire batsman Daryl Mitchell said: “Although there is uncertainty in domestic cricket it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel for players to return back this summer. However, no cricket will be played in the month of June & July & so there would be no revenue generated by the counties looking at the situation the players have agreed to extend measures to protect the future of all the counties”.
“This has not been an easy decision and causes a great deal of disruption to many of our members, however, the PCA players’ committee ultimately agreed this is the right thing to do,” ECB added further.