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The Cricket West Indies (CWI) has decided to slash staff and player’s income because of the financial crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The staff would have to go under a 50% pay cut until the situation gets normal. However, the board has ensured that these pay cuts are temporarily and things would go back to normal once cricket activities go back to normal.
After Cricket Australia, CWI has become another board to impose salary cuts. CWI president Ricky Skerritt said that it was a difficult decision and would impact many members of the cricketing family around the Caribbean. However, he is confident that once the sports restart, the huge sacrifice made by all the stakeholders would be paid off.
“This pandemic is hurting every West Indian and this decision to cut staff and player incomes has been a very difficult one to make; one that will impact so many members of the cricketing family around the Caribbean,” CWI president Ricky Skerritt said.
“This business continuity plan unfortunately requires all stakeholders to make a huge sacrifice, but I am confident that it won’t be long before CWI will be in a position to ensure that the sport we love can restart and be enjoyed once again by the thousands of cricket fans across the region and diaspora.”
West Indies players have not got the payment since January:
CWI has also not paid the match fee to their international cricketer since the start of this year. The board faced a severe crash crunch which led to the delay of their payments. Wayne Lewis, WIPA secretary, said that the end of June would settle the dues.
Meanwhile, the board has confirmed to tour England in July to play three-match Test series. The West Indies cricket team would be provided with a bio-secure environment and medical team to do regular tests.