Afghanistan coaching staff to face salary cuts
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to cut the salaries of all coaching staff in the coronavirus crisis. In May, their salaries will be reduced by 25 percent.
If Afghanistan’s tour of Zimbabwe is canceled in June, that month’s salary could be cut by 50 percent.
The ACB, however, has paid the arrears of the contracted cricketers for the first three months of this year. If the board’s financial situation worsens, their pay cuts could be reviewed in the near future.
The pay cuts are mainly for head coach Lance Klusener, batting coach Hylton Deon Ackerman, assistant coach and former Afghan captain Nawroz Mangal. Former South African all-rounder Klusener took charge in September 2019 and Ackerman in March this year. Their contract is valid till the end of the year.
ACB chief executive Lutfullah Stanikzai confirmed the decision to ESPNcricinfo on Monday. He said it was part of a plan to save money on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the ICC’s Future Tour Schedule (FTP), Afghanistan’s next game is in the Asia Cup. However, the ACB and the Zimbabwe Cricket Board have agreed to play a five-match T20 series, which is outside the FTP. Stanikzai said they are waiting for the resumption of foreign travel on the country’s airspace before making a final decision on the Zimbabwe tour.