Cricket Australia’s contract list announcement will be pushed back at least a month as the game prepares to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials had planned to bring forward announcement of contracts from May to April this year, in a bid to provide more certainty to the states given the flow-on effect.
Contracts run on a financial year basis until the end of June, however announcing the women’s list on Wednesday and men’s on Thursday would have assisted all parties.
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However that plan has been put on hold for now until the end of April, given the economic uncertainty due to the pandemic.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association agreed to the move.
Australia are due to tour Bangladesh in June and England in July, with both those series now in serious drought.
CA have been largely unaffected by the crisis for the 2019-20 financial year. Two home one-day internationals against New Zealand were cancelled as well as the Sheffield Shield, but the summer’s big money-spinners were not impacted. However this summer’s home Test series against India is one of the sport’s most lucrative events in the country, and any impact on that would hurt CA’s bottom line.
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Given players are equal partners in the game, it is possible they could face cuts just as those in the winter sports codes are currently dealing with. At an administration level, CA have already begun to prepare themselves for any financial losses.
The organisation’s executive have taken a pay cut, while a hiring freeze has been put in place. At this point there has been no need to enforce staff to take leave.
At a state level the South Australia Cricket Association were forced to make 23 staff redundant last week.
A hiring freeze on all roles including that of a new coach to replace the previously ousted Jamie Siddons, with the organisation part managers of Adelaide Oval and feeling the pinch of the AFL shutdown.
Originally published asCoronavirus spoils contract plans as CA pushes back list announcement
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