Cricket Australia lays off majority of staff amid COVID-19 crisis

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Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to lay off the majority of its staff on reduced pay until the end of the financial year to cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have made the decision during this period of isolation, where activity has naturally been reduced, to stand down our people on reduced pay (with the exception of a skeleton staff) effective 27 April for the remainder of the financial year,” CA said in a statement on Thursday.

“We will continue to seek advice from medical experts and relevant government agencies to ensure the health and safety of our people, volunteers, and communities, and to return to business as soon as possible,” it added.

On the other hand, CA announced that they are considering a plan for a return to start the game just like all cricketing nations.

“Cricket Australia – like all sporting bodies – is planning for a return to training/play although no one is certain when this will be possible at this stage, and many scenarios are being considered. We are conscious of the impact this will have on Australian cricket and are working hard to manage that proactively,” it added.

Last month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a 61 million pounds ($75.63 million) aid package to help the English game withstand the financial impact of the pandemic.

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