England’s players will receive their full basic salaries of up to £800,000 even if several matches or entire tours are cancelled due to the pandemic over the next year.
Eoin Morgan’s white-ball squad will fly to South Africa on Monday for three ODI and T20 games, despite doubts over the tour following the infighting and independent audit that has been commissioned into the running of Cricket South Africa.
The ECB have always been confident that the South Africa tour would take place, but have yet to confirm that Test and T20 series scheduled for Sri Lanka and Pakistan next January will go ahead.
England players will get their full basic salaries even if matches are cancelled due to Covid-19
Eoin Morgan’s white-ball squad will fly to South Africa on Monday for three ODI and T20 games
There is also uncertainty over whether England’s five-Test series in India next year will be reduced in length, while last month’s cancelled ODI series between the two countries has yet to be rescheduled.
Sportsmail has learned that England’s players will continue to be paid in full in the event of cancellations as they are all on retainer contracts which are not linked to the amount of cricket played, although they would lose out on match fees and win bonuses.
The ECB are also well protected from cancellations of overseas tours as they would not lose any broadcast revenue, and any loss of sponsorship would be offset by savings in tour costs.
The ECB are well protected from cancellations of overseas tours involving the white-ball teams
The ECB could be hit with a rebate demand by Sky Sports if they are unable to deliver next summer’s home series against India and Pakistan, although that is extremely unlikely.
Although England’s players agreed to take pay cuts of around 15 per cent this year — most of which is based on a reduction in their bonus payments — those with Test and white-ball contracts will still receive a basic salary of around £800,000.
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