IND vs ENG: Right before 3rd test, England cricketers very upset & angry with ECB on bumper bonuses to board officials

IND vs ENG: Right before 3rd test, England cricketers very upset & angry with ECB on bumper bonuses to board officials
IND vs ENG: Right before 3rd test, England cricketers very upset & angry with ECB on bumper bonuses to board officials

IND vs ENG – England Cricketers Upset: Right before the 3rd test, England cricketers are very upset with England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Reason, reportedly the bumper bonuses to board officials. England stars are “angry and upset” with the board after executives are set to cash in on a whopping £2.1m payout next year. The players reportedly are left unimpressed by ECB’s decision, after they took a 15 per cent pay cut due to Covid-19 last summer on account of precarious financial situation of the board.

The news is a further blow to their ongoing preparations for the series against India, as they head to  Headingley trailing 1-0 in the five-match series.

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IND vs ENG: Right before 3rd test, England cricketers very upset & angry with ECB on bumper bonuses to board officials

IND vs ENG – England Cricketers Upset: As per a report by Daily Mail, Tom Harrison and Sanjay Patel are among a group of leading executives at the ECB who are due to share a £2.1m payout when a five-year Long Term Incentive Plan matures in 2022. While the plan has been described as a ‘retention tool for key senior leaders’, many regard it as a reward for implementing the inaugural edition of The Hundred.

The bonuses to senior officials comes just a year after the ECB furloughed 62 staff while asked players to take a pay cut. The governing body had posted a £16.5m loss because of the pandemic while the sport as a whole lost £100m in revenue, with counties also laying off staff. On the eve of the crucial third Test against India at Headingley, the England players have privately held discussions with ECB’s actions leaving them unimpressed.

IND vs ENG: There is widespread discontent and the Professional Cricketers’ Association will be eyeing developments after domestic players relinquished £1m in prize money last year and minimum salaries in the county game were lowered. The centrally contracted England players also made a hefty £500,000 wage donation at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, before accepting a 15% pay cut last October. The cuts also included win bonuses being slashed in half.

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IND vs ENG: An unnamed England player mentioned to the Daily Mail that he and his teammates are ‘very unimpressed’ by the decision. Another told the Guardian that the senior executives at the ECB have “looked after themselves” while reducing the incentives for a team that has sacrificed a lot while living in bio-bubbles for the past 18 months. Lower level ECB employees are also frustrated by the news, as they have worked tirelessly over the past two years in a time when colleagues have either been furloughed or made redundant.