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County cricketers agree to pay-cuts over next three months

County cricketers AGREE to pay-cuts over next three months… as they hope to return to full salaries by March on the eve of new domestic season

  • Players at the 18 first-class counties have agreed to take further pay-cuts
  • A maximum cut of 10 per cent for January and February has been agreed
  • Players accepted a series of cuts throughout the coronavirus-hit 2020 season 

County cricketers have consented to further pay cuts over the next three months with a view to returning to full salaries in March.

Agreement has been reached for the 18 first-class counties to reduce wages by a maximum of 10 per cent in January and February, although they have vowed to take only five next month, in the run-up to Christmas.

Players accepted a series of cuts of up to a fifth of their pay packets throughout the Covid-hit 2020 season – around 17% on average, and typically comprising a smaller pension contribution from the employers – although they returned to full pay for October and November.

County cricketers have agreed to take further pay-cuts ahead of the 2021 domestic season

The Professional Cricketers’ Association believe that the raft of measures taken over recent months – relinquishing prize money and bonuses, and accepting a reduction in the minimum wage from £27,500 to £24,000 – has helped preserve jobs, with the 41 players released at the end of the season down on the five-year average of 45.

With counties continuing to use the government’s flexi-furlough scheme, players will be expected to work three days a week in December and four in January and February. 

Players will be expected to work three days a week in December and four at the start of 2021

The switch to full-time on March 1, subject to a review in the new year, coincides with a change in the intensity of pre-season.

Meanwhile, PCA demands on an overseas player signing amnesty – as revealed by Sportsmail last month – fell short.

Player representatives were angered by the prospect of salary savings being used to fund contracts for new imports for a 2021 season that permits two overseas cricketers per county.

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