According to reports, England cricketers are unhappy with the fact that a bonus of GBP 2.1 million is going to be shared only among the top board officials. The profits are a result of a successful 'Hundred' tournament. The English cricketers had agreed to take a 15% pay cut following the loss borne by the board due to Covid-19.
With ECB making a profit, the fact that they have not decided to share it with the cricketers has irked a few. In fact, the ECB fired as many as 62 people in 2020 due to the losses incurred because of the pandemic.
A county executive who was part of the meetings in 2017 revealed, "There was always this pot when the LTIP (Long-Term Incentive Plan) was first introduced three years ago, and everybody knew it was solely to do with the Hundred. It was to the extent where it was causing quite a lot of issues within the ECB about who was included in the LTIP and who wasn't."
He continued, "We wanted them to be more even-handed in the way they promoted all formats of the game, and their sole focus was on the Hundred, in terms of getting it the best slot in the summer, all the marketing budget — they parked everything into it."
"The issue in the wider county game is that people were promised big bonuses to put the Hundred first at the expense of everything else. As a result of that, you get one-eyed decision-making."