Yorkshire Cricket players, staff take 20% pay cut

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said its employees have agreed up to 20% in salary reductions due to the impact of Covid-19.

“These reductions, which will come into force from 1st June, will affect players and staff across the Club, Yorkshire Cricket Board, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Pro Coach,” said the club.

“To ensure that this is apportioned fairly, pay reductions are based on salary, with senior employees taking higher percentage cuts.”

A large proportion of staff were already placed on furlough on April 6.

“However, with continued uncertainty over what form cricket will take this summer, further steps have been taken to ensure the club’s survival,” added the club.

Mark Arthur, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club chief executive said: “We do not take decisions such as these lightly, but now is the time to take drastic steps.

“The staff and players were consulted earlier this week and their reaction to the news has been fantastic.

“Although these are unprecedented times, as a collective we are doing everything that we can to steer Yorkshire Cricket through these uncharted waters.

“Our focus as custodians of this great club is to ensure that we guide it through such challenges, and we acknowledge the sacrifices that are required to achieve this.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their patience and considerable understanding. 

“We are in regular contact with the England and Wales Cricket Board who are working hard to find ways of staging cricket in a safe environment this summer.

“When we receive confirmation of what the cricket schedule will look like, we will be in contact with members and ticket buyers.”