England’s men accept 15% pay cuts in wake of ECB financial hit

England men’s centrally contracted cricketers have agreed to a 15% pay cut for the 2020-21 season, following an agreement between the ECB and the Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), the body which represents the interests of the men’s international squads.

The decision, which had been widely anticipated in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, comes after the ECB was forced to lay off 20% of its workforce, a total of 62 roles, in response to a financial hit in excess of £100 million for the 2020 season.

Last month, the ECB announced 12 red- and 12 white-ball contracts for the 12-month period from October 1, with five players – Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes – being awarded both.

Previously, a Test contract would have been worth £650,000, and a white-ball deal approximately £275,000 (with some performance and appearance-related elements factored into…

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