European Central Bank announces £61m stimulus package for elite and grassroots

Ruben Hill
April 1, 2020

Centrally contracted England players will not be approached to take a pay cut but may discuss the option on a voluntary basis.

"We're looking at everything about how the game can make savings", an European Central Bank spokesman said.

The 40 million pounds includes the early release of three months' county partnership distributions to the counties and cricket boards, worth about 20 million pounds, the immediate availability of two years' facilities maintenance distributions - with those funds not having to be spent on facilities - and 5.5 million pounds paid to counties who were not eligible for the facilities maintenance distributions during the 2020/21 cycle.

"We just have to concentrate on being as fit as we can be for when we get back playing cricket and making sure we are doing everything we can to look after the community", he added. "These are very unusual times, we can not actually predict anything".

Harrison added: "This is a real hammer blow to our plans. It definitely isn't too risky to look far ahead - the World Cup took four years". We're expecting a bit more certainty after the lockdown. We will then be prioritising the most valuable forms of the game: first worldwide cricket, then the Blast and maybe The Hundred as and when we get there. Harrison admitted the latter competitors, a brand new format designed and promoted by the European Central Bank in a bid to attract a brand new viewers to the game, could possibly be pushed again to 2021 if there have been restrictions on followers coming into the grounds.

"All situations are on the desk, we must take a view on what is feasible", he stated.

"We will have to have discussions in a few weeks about getting crowds into stadiums", Harrison said. If that isn't going to be potential and we are able to serve cricket followers on this nation in a roundabout way then we are going to have a look at that.

"You spend a long time working towards something collectively and that's something you can take for granted, especially when you play as much as we do". We appreciate this may cause some disappointment to fans that were keen to purchase tickets in the April sales window, accessing early bird prices and securing tickets to the most in-demand games.

"We're considering creatively about what this second is likely to be like when the nation comes again out and to have cricket be a part of that", he stated.

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