England cricketers expressed their unhappiness over the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision of not sharing the bonus of £ 2.1million with the players. The ECB has decided the share the bonus among the top official and this hasn’t come down well with the English players. The recently concluded The Hundred tournament has been a grand success and the board has earned huge bucks.
After the covid-19 pandemic hit the world, the England players agreed to take a 15 per cent pay cut for one year as COVID-19 bough financial hindrances to the ECB. However, now that the board has earned profits with the success of The Hundred tournament, they aren’t willing to divide that with the players. It has reportedly made the players unhappy.
The Hundred was part of the ECB’s long-term incentive plan (LTIP) devised in 2017. The county executive, who was part of the meetings in 2017 revealed a few things to Sportsmail on the matter. He said:
“There was always this pot when the LTIP was first introduced three years ago, and everybody knew it was solely to do with the Hundred. It was to the extent where it was causing quite a lot of issues within the ECB about who was included in the LTIP and who wasn’t.”
“We wanted them to be more even-handed in the way they promoted all formats of the game, and their sole focus was on the Hundred, in terms of getting it the best slot in the summer, all the marketing budget — they parked everything into it.
“The issue in the wider county game is that people were promised big bonuses to put the Hundred first at the expense of everything else. As a result of that, you get one-eyed decision-making.”
Moreover, it has been understood that the England cricketers have not only taken the pay cut, but the ECB had also fired 62 people amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
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