With no cricketing action around the world taking place due to Coronavirus pandemic, cricket boards are finding it hard to sustain as all the available sources of funding drying up fast. To cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to cut the salaries of the coaching staff by 25% in May. Afghanistan head coach Lance Klusener will have to take a 25 per cent pay cut after the country’s cricket board decided to slash salaries of the national team’s support staff. Also Read - When Will Schools, Colleges Reopen in India? Read Government's Plan Here
In fact, the salaries could be slashed by 50 per cent if Afghanistan’s June tour of Zimbabwe is cancelled as the Cricket Board (ACB) is finding it difficult to manage costs. Also Read - Vicky Kaushal’s Hilarious Response to Handshakes And High Fives Will Leave You in Splits- Watch
“This is part of our cost-saving strategy as we have been also impacted by the Covid-19 crisis,” ACB chief executive Lutfullah Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo. Also Read - India's Tally of COVID-19 Cases Inches Closer to 1.50 Lakh; US Records Less Than 700 Deaths For 3rd Consecutive Day | LIVE Updates
“We have decided to cut 25 per cent (of the salary for the coaches) for May, 50 per cemt for June if we are not able to resume international cricket. We will try and keep them for as long as our financial situation allows.”
Apart from the former South African all-rounder, others who would be affected by the pay cut are batting coach HD Ackermann and assistant coach Nawroj Mangal.
According to the report, ACB has paid all its centrally contracted players for the first quarter of 2020 but their retainership structure could be reviewed if the five T20I tour of Zimbabwe doesn’t go ahead.
As of now, 32 senior men and 55 domestic cricketers have got contracts from the board.
Afghanistan’s next official assignment is the Asia Cup 2020. Meanwhile, the ACB and Zimbabwe Cricket have agreed to play five T20Is in Zimbabwe, which isn’t part of the Future Tour Programme.