Cricket West Indies (CWI) has agreed to a 50% pay cut for players and staff should July’s behind closed doors three Test tour of England take place.
The Test series is expected to start on 8 July, at either solely or even a combination of the two grounds comprising Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Lancashire’s Old Trafford in Manchester.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was expected to announce the Test series last week, but Monday (1 June) is the earliest that news will be revealed about the sides competing in a bio-secure environment for the Wisden Trophy.
The Windies are the current holders of the Wisden Trophy following last year’s 2-1 triumph over England in the Caribbean and, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the lack of income from gate receipts this season means that the tourists will not be able to earn as much money as originally projected.
CWI president Ricky Skerritt explained about the temporary pay cuts: “This pandemic is hurting every West Indian. 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 released a statement today (30 May) that read: “The board gave approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies Test tour of England.
“The decision comes only after Cricket West Indies medical and cricket-related representatives and advisers have been involved in detailed discussions with the ECB, and its own medical and public health advisers.”
The Test series has yet to approved by the UK government, although the CWI are aware that their contingent would have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival under current legislation for the coronavirus outbreak.
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