Rob Andrew confident that English cricket can withstand a virus storm

LONDON: Sussex Executive Director Rob Andrew believe english Cricket You are better placed to cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus than your old sport of rugby union or soccer.

This week has seen England Professional Cricket Players Association They announce that their members will take maximum reductions in their wages during April and May.

The players also agreed to forgo £ 1 million ($ 1.25 million) in prizes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cricket's salary bill is significantly lower than soccer's, as only a handful of England players earn around £ 1 million a year compared to the hundreds of thousands a week accumulated by Premier League stars .

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"Yes, Cricket has some challenges but you could argue it's got fewer than maybe football or rugby union," former England fly-half Andrew told reporters in a conference call on Thursday,

In those sports, the cost bases depend on television money and are based primarily on the salaries of the players.

The county championship, comprising four-day matches, was due to start on Sunday but English Cricket is shut down until at least May 28, with the expectation of further postponements.

But the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already distributed an initial aid package of £ 61 million ($ 76 million) to the 18 first-class counties.

Meanwhile, Sussex is one of several clubs taking advantage of the British government's unlicensed job retention program, although they are still in talks with Australian hitter Travis Head, who had been recruited as his foreign player,

Andrew, a former high-ranking figure in England's Rugby Football Union, said: The ECB has reacted very quickly in this situation.

"Governing bodies often get a lot of stick, and I have personal experience of that in another sport, but the reaction across Cricket has been fantastic.

"From what I've seen the ECB reaction is going to give Cricket the best chance to survive, even in the worst-case scenario."

That worst-case scenario is a season without any Cricket at all but Gloucestershire insisted Thursday they could still balance their books regardless.

"Our financial projections show that, even on the worst case scenario of no Cricket at all this season, the club should be able to break even this year and be ready to face the future in a strong financial position when this crisis has passed," said a joint statement by Gloucestershire chairman John Hollingdale and chief executive Will Brown.