Morgan says England could field 2 cricket teams at same time

Morgan says England could field 2 cricket teams at same time

Centrally-contracted England players have not yet been formally asked to accept less money despite the England and Wales Cricket Board initiating an emergency funding package worth £61m to keep counties and clubs afloat, and European Central Bank chief executive Tom Harrison confirming he will take a voluntary 25 per cent reduction in pay. He did not rule out further measures as the crisis unfolds.

"Right now we are addressing the short term and addressing it aggressively as we feel we can. It definitely isn't too risky to look far ahead - the World Cup took four years". The scenarios are being debated at length. We have around 17 to 20 games until we go down there and play, if all are played. These options include playing matches behind closed doors in "biosecure environments".

"When it is appropriate to go back on sale, we will of course offer the same ticket offers and accessible pricing".

"We've been dealt a really good hand when it comes to things that are going on at the moment and have been bunkered away for a while, and haven't been under pressure to go off and play cricket, which has been really nice". "All of our decisions are based on those factors".

Around £40m has been made available immediately as first-class counties and local cricket boards suffer from the financial impact of COVID-19, while around a further £21m will follow in interest-free loans for recreational clubs in a bid to ensure cricket can survive at all levels.

Staging charges - which grounds pay again to the European Central Bank for the proper to host worldwide matches and main home occasions - can be suspended for 4 months and waived for any video games which fall by the wayside. "But I'm also aware they are discussions that will take place between the Professional Cricketers" Association and the European Central Bank.

As beforehand confirmed by the PA information company, centrally contracted England gamers is not going to be approached to take a pay lower however could talk about the choice on a voluntary foundation. Proposals will be taken to the Board in the coming days. Any significant reduction in that revenue would have a potentially severe impact on the ECB's finances and that of the game as a whole. The ECB, however, has remained confident of pulling off the tournament in July, when it was originally slated to begin. "These are very unusual times, we can not actually predict anything".

"People have come out and said they would never do it. Justin Langer said he could never see a situation where he would do something like that but I find that hard to believe".

A $75 million rescue package was rolled out by English cricket on Tuesday to help teams at all levels withstand the financial impact of a pandemic described by a leading executive as one of the biggest challenges "in the history of the game".

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