In the light of the financial concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Australia (CA) has moved to postpone its announcement of the national contracts that was originally planned in March.
‘Given the uncertainty around what’s happening around the world at the moment, it makes sense to take a minute, take a breath and work out what we’re dealing with and what potential impacts it might have for the game moving forward’, Meg Lanning, Australia’s national women’s team captain, shared with the reporters on March 30.
‘We’ve been communicating really well with Cricket Australia and the ACA, working together with them… At the moment, it’s about waiting a little while for everyone to get the relevant information and is ready to move forward with that’, she also added.
The announcement of the new list of national contracts is called off until the end of April. Prior to this, the event used to be released in April but the board had planned to move the announcement earlier to March. This plan was made to provide more clarity to the state associations.
Coronavirus has plagued the world, affecting even the major sports competitions and events across the globe. However, it did not hit the home season in Australia as hard as in India where they are going through a crisis. The Indian Premier League 2020 is still looking for viable dates to hold its games.
On the other hand, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will provide financial aid to its players amid the pandemic. Those eligible for the financial support are cricketers who take part in the Dhaka Premier League and are not part through a national contract or payroll structure.
‘With the tournament looking at an indefinite period of shut down, cricketers who are not part of the BCB’s contracts are likely to face financial hardship as they may have only received partial payment from their respective clubs. This assistance is for that section of the players’, BCB president Nazmul Hassan announced.
The BCB acted upon the request of Tushar Imran and some of the other senior cricketers who raised their concerns about the uncertainty of their future. According to the board officials, players who are not on BCB’s payroll ranges from 70 to 75 players in the league.