Melbourne , Apr 27:
Australian cricketers are not going to be “greedy” if they are asked for a pay cut as it is important that the game thrives well into the future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Test captain Tim Paine.
With India’s tour of Australia and the upcoming T20 World Cup in doubt due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, Cricket Australia has already stood down 80 per cent of its staff and now is in talks with Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) regarding a potential players’ pay cut.
“Players need to know the absolute financial positions of the game and the players aren’t going to be greedy,” Paine said on ABC Radio. “So at the moment if a pay cut for us is on the cards and that keeps our game thriving well into the future, then that’s something we’ll certainly have to look at.”
“Our livelihood, all the people associated with the CA and the players association, their livelihood is dependent on the game of cricket being healthy.