Cricket Business : CWI to ECB, give us ‘chartered flights’ for the England tour

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  1. Organaizing Cricket in the Covid19 times will be really an expensive affair and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is realizing that reality. If the hit to the revenues of ECB was not an enough jolt, now the expenses to put up any international series is also gonna go out of the roof.
Cricket West Indies is seeking ‘chartered flights’
Cricket West Indies is seeking private flights to and from the Caribbean to enable this summer’s test series in England to go ahead. The England and Wales Cricket Board is hopeful that the postponed three-test series, which was due to start in June, can be held from 8 July but will have to cover the cost of expensive chartered flights for the West Indies team, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

With the UK yet to significantly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic that forced the postponement of the tour, CWI has rejected the idea of commercial flights.

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Chief executive Johnny Grave told media yesterday: “Clearly I don’t think commercial flying is going to be appropriate here… so we are looking at a transatlantic charter to get the team to the UK.”

The cost of private flights for the entire West Indies squad, team management and staff has been estimated at up to $486,000.

Grave said that not only would chartered planes be needed to get the team to and from the UK but that the players would need to assemble on the same Caribbean island for departure, costs that would also fall to the ECB.

Sanitizers alone to cost 1 Crore ($121K)
The uptick in the costs does not end there. One of the most basic rules involves the players’ sanitization. Though handshakes, hugs, high 5s and such acts between players are set to be avoided as part of the ‘social distancing’ norm, the players will be using hand sanitizers all along the training as well as in the cricket matches on the field. If the cost of using such sanitizers over this summer is to be estimated, it comes out to be near about INR 1 crore.

As per a report in the Times UK, the ECB will need to spend GBP 100,000 (INR 91 lakh) on hand-sanitiser gel for just 18 international matches that they hope to host this summer. This involves the cost of providing sanitisers to all the players (home team and visiting team), the umpires, ground staff, as well as other support staff and employees who will be working at the venues.

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