CHRIS WOAKES accepts England players may be next to feel the pinch after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it was making an ‘unthinkable’ round of redundancies as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ECB board has approved a 20 per cent reduction in its workforce budget, equating to 62 positions. Player contracts come from a different budget but with the gravity of the new measures it is highly feasible they will come under the microscope as negotiations over the 2020/2021 batch of deals intensify.
Earlier this year, the players volunteered a combined £500,000 donation to the ECB and selected charities to support the sport’s early emergency measures. All-rounder Woakes said: ‘Of course it is a sad time to see people lose jobs after some seriously hard work but obviously we’re going to have to lose certain roles. Yes, that does resonate with the players and we obviously feel that impact.
‘At this moment in time it is hard for me to say we’re going to take “X cuts” and there will be donations left, right and centre. Until we see what happens from above, we’ll then get more of a feel for it, but I certainly wouldn’t rule that out.’