England team’s all-rounder Chris Woakes is well aware of the fact that the players might be asked to take pay cuts as the outbreak of COVID-19 had badly affected England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) revenue.
Chris Woakes’ remark came after ECB has let go of their 62 staff members to reduce the financial burden on the board. With the board discussing the central contract list, he added that they would be ready to accept whatever the decision is made regard to the pay cuts.
“It is a situation where we have to sit down as players and see what happens with regards to these contracts coming up. We’ll know more in the next few weeks. We’ll reassess at that point.
“At this moment of time, it is hard for me to say ‘we’re going to take X cuts, and there are going to be donations here, left right and centre. Until we’ve seen what happens from above we’ll then get more of a feel for it. I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Chris Woakes as saying.
Hosting series is the only a positive outcome: Chris Woakes
So far, England is the only country to host back-to-back bilateral series since the beginning of the pandemic. West Indies came for three Tests followed by Pakistan who played three Tests and three T20Is.
Australia will end the home summer with three T20Is and three ODIs. Chris Woakes feels glad that they were able to resume cricket activities in testing time.
“Of course it’s a sad time, and it does resonate with the players, but we’re also very fortunate that cricket has gone ahead this summer, [because] that figure of 200 million pounds could have been a lot worse. I suppose that is the only positive outcome, really,” Chris Woakes concluded.
Chris Woakes will play the last ODI against Australia on Wednesday. It is a series decider match as currently, the series is at level with 1-1.