The Covid19 menace is testing biggest and strongest of the cricketing world. Cricket Australia (CA), England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket West-Indies (CWI) and various others are reeling under the pain of Coronavirus pandemic.
When the strongest are hurt, imagine what will be the situation for the cricket nations who have just started making their presence felt in the global cricket echelons. Such is the havoc created for the boards like Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) that their already fragile commercial structures are completely derailed due to the pandemic.
Afghanistan Board loses sponsor – announces salary cut for coaches
Such is the situation for the Afghanistan Cricket Board that in the Corona times all sources of funding has dried up for the board.
– Afghan team does not have any lead sponsor since last year
– Clothing sponsor TYKA also has pulled out in middle of their contract
– Unlike the bigger boards ACB does not have any permanent broadcaster
– Govt funding also has dried up
– T20 World Cup uncertain – may reduce the share of revenues from ICC. Dependence on ICC Revenues has grown.
Salaries for Coaches Reduced
All this has resulted in Afghanistan Cricket Board reducing the salaries for its coaching staff. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo the salaries of the coaching staff which includes the likes of Lance Klusener and HD Ackermann by 25% in the month of May and from June onwards the cut will increase to 50%. Not only this, the salaries of the contracted players may also get reduced if the financial situation does not improve as per the report.
“This is part of our cost saving strategy as we have been also impacted by the Covid-19 crisis,” ACB chief executive Lutfullah Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo. “We have decided to cut 25% (of the salary for the coaches) for May, 50% for June if we are not able to resume international cricket. We will try and keep them for as long as our financial situation allows.”
Ireland Cricket also in the same boat
Like Afghanistan another upcoming cricketing nation Ireland is also going through the similar issues though the pain is little less in comparison. As reported by InsideSport earlier, the impact of the Covid19 will shrink Ireland Cricket revenues by a “minimum” 25%, or roughly USD 2.7 million, in 2020.
“If you go back ten years ago our turnover would have been nothing more really than one or two million,” said Deutrom. “We were due to hit ten million or so this year, and we were at ten million last year, but we are certainly going to shrink by, we estimate, 25% this year.”
has already announced 20 to 25% pay cuts for the staff members. Contracted players will not be affected as they have already forfeited match fees and are likely to do so again as doubts hang even over the upcoming events.