‘It’s easy to talk about pay cuts if it doesn’t hurt your own pocket’
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has begun thinking about cutting players’ salaries in an effort to recoup the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. However, the Players’ Cricket Association (PCA) does not respond about their thinking.
They have clarified that players will donate to coronavirus fund if necessary, but there is no justification for cutting the wages. Ashok Malhotra, the president of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), speaks in a different tone when the England cricketers’ organization is saying this.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not commented on the players’ salary cuts so far. But Ashok, the head of ICA, has already told the players that they should be prepared about the pay cuts and make such a decision that they will agree.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has been angered by Malhotra’s comments. Malhotra has been washed regularly in his column written by the Indian Daily. According to Gavaskar, if the money goes out from Malhotra’s own pocket, then he won’t say about pay cuts.
“In any game, the simple thing is, if you do not play, you will not get money. It is always so. I was surprised at the words of the head of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA). Where he says, the salary of Indian international and first class cricketers should be cut.”
He also writes, “Anyone will know that he (Malhotra) may have stood for the BCCI. But in what context is he talking about a pay cut? International and first-class cricketers are not part of the players’ body, so he cannot speak for them. Without going through your own pocket, it is very easy to say a salary cut.”