Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

15.29 15 Apr 2020


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Cricket Ireland have announced that non-playing staff members will take a 20% pay cut while employees in Northern Ireland will be placed on furlough.

The salary reduction will be applied in April and May while NI staff will have to avail of the UK government's job retention scheme until the end of May.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom will take 25% cut to his salary for the remainder of 2020.

"The Board recognised that with major impacts upon our operations, revenue shortfalls through loss of broadcast and sponsorship revenue, and uncertainty about when we will be able to restart, prudent measures were required to buffer the organisation through at least the next two months," Deutrom said in an official statement.

"Preserving jobs and ensuring Cricket Ireland will be in a fit position to commence operations when we return to normal were central to those deliberations.

"We will continue to support all employees as they work from home, maintaining all operational, IT and human resources support to ensure the work can continue."

Players contracted by Cricket Ireland will not be impacted by the pay reductions.

"In relation to our contracted players, the Board recognised that the players were already losing out significantly through loss of match fees from a number of already-postponed, and possibly to-be-postponed series, and that to ask them to take a further cut to their base remuneration – with no guarantee that all cricket might be rescheduled – would be unreasonable," added Deutrom.

The senior men's team's tour of Zimbabwe and the seven-match series against Bangladesh in May have already been postponed while the planned meetings with New Zealand this summer are in doubt.

Deutrom said: "The Board has not taken these decisions lightly, but recognised that keeping 100% of our personnel on 100% pay in a period of massively-reduced activity and threats to all levels of the game was untenable.

"However, as an organisation we will support our people as best we can, and will endeavour to keep the interests of the sport, our people and the many businesses across Ireland who rely on our operations first and foremost.

"We can’t get away from the fact that there will be some short term pain, but we hope these difficult measures will help the sport recover quickly once this crisis passes."


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