The coronavirus has caused great havoc all over the world. People all over the world are suffering due to the pandemic. Apart from this, this pandemic has also affected cricket badly. Apart from canceling all international matches, big leagues like IPL 2020 had to be postponed as well. Meanwhile, the President of India Cricketers Association, Ashok Malhotra feels that BCCI may have to reduce the salaries of the players in the upcoming days.
BCCI under a massive loss.
The COVID-19 has created a tremendous fear in the cricketing world as well. BCCI had to postpone the 13th edition of the IPL. Apart from this, the BCCI had also canceled the one-day series against South Africa. Now Ashok Malhotra, President of the India Cricket Association, in an interview with the Times of India, told about the probable salary cuts of the players.
“The BCCI is the parent body of the cricketers. It’s a company. If a company is making losses, then it all filters down. In Europe, almost all the footballers, normally paid the highest among all, are taking a huge pay cut, which has been announced by their associations. This was an unexpected scenario. These are very tough times,” Malhotra was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The players may get a wage cut.
The BCCI, the world’s richest cricket board, gives a hefty salary to its players. But these days due to the Coronavirus, BCCI itself is suffering a massive loss. The entire cricket calendar of this year has become uncertain, due to which the BCCI can now cut the salary of the players. Talking about this, Malhotra continued,
“So, everyone will have to try and contribute from their pocket. I know it’s not fair to reduce the salaries of the players, but if the parent body is not earning as much as it was doing before, the cricketers will have to expect a pay cut,” Malhotra was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
BCCI had to postpone the IPL 2020 until April 15, which was going to start on March 29. But given the increasing cases of Coronavirus, this year’s IPL looks quite uncertain. Moreover, till April 14, the government has announced a lockdown across India. In such a situation, IPL preparations look uncertain. But if IPL 2020 is canceled, then BCCI will have to bear heavy losses.