Cricket Australia is eager to redeploy staff, who have had to be stood down due to a lack of revenue caused by a dearth of cricket, to Woolworths.
International and domestic cricket, like other sport around the world, has been suspended as a preventative measure amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Cricket Australia has had to make hefty salary cuts of up to 80% and, according to chief executive officer Kevin Roberts, will lose ‘100s of millions of dollars’ if the Test series against India doesn’t go ahead later this year.
‘I wrote to Brad Banducci, the CEO of Woolworths, given that Woolworths is among organisations that need more staff at the moment,’ Roberts told SEN Radio.
‘Our people and culture team are also working with other organisations who are in the habit of placing people in organisations and industries that have a temporary need for more people.
‘So we’re doing those things proactively and people are at the centre of everything we do, and as much as we hate making those sorts of decisions we had to make last week, the other side of that coin is certainly that we’re supporting our people and looking for even temporary opportunities for them to be involved and earning income elsewhere when their income is reduced from cricket.’
The 2020 T20 World Cup, too, is scheduled to be hosted in Australia.