- On a day when the England and Wales Cricket Board had proposed salary cuts for its contracted players to cope with the financial losses due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Indian cricket board had some good news. Speaking to the news agency IANS, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had stated that there have been no such discussions to apply salary cuts and added even when the setback from the pandemic will be huge, salary cut isn’t in the mind of the board.
“No, we have not spoken about this (pay cut). Whatever the steps after this setback, it will be taken judiciously and keeping the interest of all people in mind. Any step taken needs to be thought out and right now we haven’t even thought about it. Obviously this is a big setback, but we will go about this in a way that nobody gets affected. These things can be discussed once things settle down,” he said.
Indian cricketers in this hour of crisis have been generous in supporting the society in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the entire nation to a standstill after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered a countrywide lockdown for three weeks to mitigate the impact and check the spread of novel Coronavirus.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have contributed an undisclosed sum to various relief funds, while Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina have both donated over ₹ 50 lakh each for fight against the virus, which still has no anti-dose.
Top European football clubs have resorted cut players’ salaries to manage their finances.
In India, more than 1,800 positive cases and 41 deaths due to Coronavirus have been confirmed so far.