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Although coronavirus has forced several cricket boards to go under pay cuts, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not yet looking to slash their player’s salary.
Cricket Australia (CA), England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) are the boards which have announced salary cuts for players and staff. The boards have not been able to generate revenues as cricketers have not played a competitive match since the outbreak of the virus in March. However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal informed that the Indian board was not in favour of pay cuts of players and its other employees.
Arun added that BCCI is not spending on travel and hospitality, which have maintained the balance in their expenses. So, as of now, the board is not thinking on lines of laying off employees.
“The BCCI has done some cost control after the elected office-bearers took charge last October. The process started before the pandemic. But there has been no pay cut or lay-off as of now. We have cut costs on other fronts like travel, hospitality, etc,” said BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal.
IPL cancellation might force BCCI to reconsider their decision:
Perhaps, if the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not hosted this year, the BCCI will have a major loss. Reportedly, the Indian board will have to bear a revenue loss of INR 4000 crore. The T20 league was, earlier, scheduled to start from 29th March but the ongoing coronavirus has postponed the lucrative league indefinitely.
“IPL not happening will have a huge impact and we will assess the situation before taking a fresh call,” said Dhumal.
As per reports, the board is planning to host IPL in October and November if ICC T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed.
Meanwhile, England and Australia have resumed the cricket activities and from next month as they would be hosting bilateral series.