MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Mark Taylor and wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist believe pay cuts are inevitable for the country`s cricketers as the sport gears up to deal with the expected financial crisis posed by the novel coronavirus.
Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body of the sport, on Thursday announced plans to lay off almost 80% of its staff, putting them on 20% pay until June 30.
Media reported on Saturday that CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has told staff a financial crisis was coming and the organisation would not have been able to pay its bills at the end of August without layoffs.
Gilchrist, who retired in 2008 after a glittering career spanning almost 12 years, said the players were next.
“Without being aware of any numbers and the financial side of it, I wouldn`t be surprised if we go back a decade or two to the level of payment that players get. Even maybe further for a while,” Gilchrist told ABC Grandstand on Sunday.
“It`s going to get stripped back, right back. Support staff numbers have to get dragged back.