Cricket Business : After Yorkshire, Worcestershire County furlough all its cricket team

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) has furloughed all its playing staff. The club says it intends to furlough 22 staff for the whole of April and that the period could be extended “if required”. WCCC will allow one month before the season starts for the players to return, where permitted, to ensure they are fit for whatever formats are played.

Worcestershire County is currently represented by some of the stalwarts of English county including Moeen Khan, Joe Leach and others.
In a statement, the club said: “On Wednesday 1st April 2020 – the ECB announced a £61 million interim package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19 crisis. From a WCCC perspective, this reflected funds that were principally already committed to us to July 2020, rather than necessarily new additional funding. The only difference, at this stage, relates to the unfettered nature of maintenance payments which was a welcome assistance. The period and payments beyond July, with the playing schedule unknown, remains understandably uncertain.

“We do not know in what shape cricket will return this year, but we are confident that when it does, we will be ready. We are also confident we will survive this period of substantial challenge.”

In March, WCCC furloughed 30 of its 45 non-playing staff.

Earlier Joe Root Yorkshire County furlough its cricket team on Monday – England Test captain Joe Root, batsman Jonny Bairstow and spinner Adil Rashid are not affected by the news as they are centrally contracted by the ECB, but there are a series of high-profile players involved.

David Willey, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth have all represented England in recent years, while South African Duanne Olivier is among the more high-profile Kolpak cricketers currently on the county scene.