The bulk of staff will take substantial pay cuts until the end of Cricket Australia’s financial year, which is 30 June 2020.
The decision comes amid a dearth of cricket and revenue amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted the majority of international domestic sport around the world.
CA is reportedly planning for a 50% reduction in revenue for the 2020-21 home season, scheduled to include the T20 World Cup and a series with India. CA staff salaries will likely be reduced by up to 80%.
‘Cricket Australia – like all sporting bodies – is planning for a return to training or 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,’ read a statement from CA.
‘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.
‘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.’
Whether or not the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia will go ahead remains in the balance. Tournament organisers will know more after next month’s meeting with the International Cricket Council.
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