Cricket Business : Ireland Cricket cuts salaries of non-playing staff and employees, players safe

Cricket Ireland has announced a 20% salary reduction for non-playing staff because of the coronavirus crisis while employees in NI will be furloughed. The pay cut applies to April and May while chief executive Warren Deutrom will take an additional 5% reduction in salary for the remainder of 2020. Contracted players are not impacted by the staff pay reductions.

“Prudent measures were needed to buffer the organisation through at least the next two months,” said Deutrom. “The Board recognised that the players were already losing out significantly through loss of match fees from a number of already-postponed, and possibly to-be-postponed series,” he added. “To ask them to take a further cut to their base remuneration – with no guarantee that all cricket might be rescheduled – would be unreasonable.”

Cricket is drying up for Ireland

Another issue bothering Cricket Ireland is the cancellation of series after series due to Covid19. The men’s tour of Zimbabwe and the seven-match series against Bangladesh in May have already been postponed. NewZealand Cricket Board has also announced that it will be next to impossible to travel to Ireland for 3ODI / 3T20 match series in June.

Not only this, Cricket Ireland is now worries that the schedule series in August and beyond may also get impacted by the pandemic.

Deutrom said: “The Board recognised that with major impacts upon our operations, revenue shortfalls through loss of broadcast and sponsorship revenue, and uncertainty about when we will be able to restart, prudent measures were required to buffer the organisation through at least the next two months.

“Preserving jobs and ensuring Cricket Ireland will be in a fit position to commence operations when we return to normal were central to those deliberations.

“The Board has not taken these decisions lightly, but recognised that keeping 100% of our personnel on 100% pay in a period of massively-reduced activity and threats to all levels of the game was untenable.

The big series for Ireland is scheduled in the months of August and September. In August, Pakistan is schedule to travel to Ireland for 2 T20 games and then Irish team travels to England for 3ODI’S.