County cricketers want overseas recruits halted for 2021 season

County cricketers want overseas recruits halted for 2021 season in exchange for 10 per cent pay-cuts in line with the Government’s Job Support Scheme

  • County cricketers are looking to halt the recruitment of overseas players 
  • The players want the ban to be in exchange for 10 per cent winter pay-cuts 
  • The move is viewed as one of solidarity and a fair trade between clubs and stars
  • However, it is understood that the counties are unlikely to accept the ban 

County cricketers have asked for a halt on overseas recruits for 2021 in exchange for 10 per cent winter pay-cuts via the Government’s imminent Job Support Scheme.

A proposal put together by the Professional Cricketers’ Association, and voted through by their members, suggested that contracts of players switching from Kolpak status or who had deferred for 12 months should be honoured, but the 18 first-class counties should not pursue new signings.

It is viewed as a show of solidarity and a fair trade between the clubs and players who would typically lose one-tenth of salaries over winter months for working 70 per cent of their normal hours.

County cricketers are looking for a ban on overseas players for the 2021 domestic season

However, the counties are unlikely to accept such recruitment restrictions.

During the Covid-hit 2020 season, the PCA agreed to accept furlough requests for their members on a case-by-case basis with wage-cuts of up to 20 per cent.

Now that scheme has ended, Sportsmail understands most counties will use the JSS.

However, it is understood counties are unlikely to accept such recruitment restrictions

The majority of players will not have their winter activity restricted as squads tend to report back part-time for fitness training from November.

Meanwhile, England’s centrally-contracted players have agreed to receive 85 per cent of their previous maximum earnings.

Significant reductions in bonuses and match-fee appearances — plus an increase in the number sharing the Test contracts pot from 10 to 12 — mean individuals can no longer earn seven-figure salaries.




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