England cricketers donate £500,000 to fight against COVID-19 pandemic


London: England centrally contracted players will donate 500,000 pounds to the Board and charities while their women’s team counterparts have volunteered a three-month pay cut in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) said in a statement on Friday. “Following a meeting today of all of the England men’s centrally contracted cricketers, the players have agreed to make an initial donation of £0.5m to the ECB and to selected good causes.”

“This contribution is the equivalent of all of England centrally contracted players taking a 20% reduction in their monthly retainers for the next three months.”

“The players will continue to discuss with the ECB the challenging situation faced by the game and society as a whole and will consider how best to support the ECB and both the cricketing and wider community going forward,” The statement added.

The ECB’s centrally contracted women players have decided to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May, and June along with their coaches and support staff.

Earlier ECB announced a 61 million pounds aid package to help the local game withstand the financial impact of the pandemic.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is currently auctioning the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for two hospitals for efforts to fight the coronavirus.

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