- 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.
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.
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.
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.