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'Wage cuts for England players are a possibility' - Chris Woakes
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'Wage cuts for England players are a possibility' - Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes has indicated that England players will be expecting pay cuts in the near future as the sport tries to tackle the financial challenges triggered by the coronavirus crisis.

Cricket has come to a complete halt as a result of the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 situation, which has accounted for the loss of thousands of lives across the globe.

Earlier this week, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison announced a £61 million aid package in response to the unprecedented emergency.

Moreover, he confirmed taking a 25% pay cut alongside other top officials at Lord's, whose salaries have been reduced.

Although Harrison said there were no current plans to enforce a wage cut for England's centrally contracted players, there has been talk of considering one to assist the relief efforts in the country.

"It's a tricky one, talking about finances and people's wages, it can be a delicate subject," seam bowler Woakes told BBC Radio.

"The PCA is our governing body (union) as players and they do a fantastic job for us. They're looking after us as well as they can and trying to help the ECB through this."

"Those discussions are ongoing between the ECB and the PCA and there's every chance that might happen but at the minute we haven't been asked to take a pay cut."

"By no means does that mean it won't happen in the future; we are likely to have to help the game get through this tough period. Time will tell."

The beginning of the English domestic season has already been delayed by over a month to May 28 with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the upcoming tours of West Indies, Pakistan and Australia.

The suspension of professional cricket along with other sports elsewhere has prompted questions over the scenario of well-paid sportsmen needing to take pay cuts to ensure the monetary sustenance of non-playing staff.

Players across sports have also been engaged in fundraising drives with star wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler putting his World Cup jersey up for auction on behalf of two London hospitals.

"It's an incredible thing Jos has done, to give away one of his most valuable shirts," said Woakes.

"The price is already up at £65,000 upwards. Let's hope it can get up to £100,000."