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Kent directors accept pay cut as county side braces for delayed season

Kent pay cut
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Executive directors at Kent have voluntarily agreed to pay cuts to the tune of 20 per cent, as the county aims to bring down their expenditures to the absolute minimum in a bid to deal with the financial consequences of a postponed county season.

The county, in the midst of a delayed season and a resultant lack of revenues, has revealed a series of steps that would help ease the burden in the coming months, as it looks to align itself to the financial schemes put in place by the government. The move comes ahead of what will, at best, be a truncated season that will likely throw most counties, already financially strained, into jeopardy.

“We are pursuing all options vigorously and risk mitigation measures are already being identified and, where appropriate, being put in place,” Simon Storey, Kent Cricket’s chief executive, said.

“We are working closely with the ECB and our fellow FCCs to ensure that a game-wide plan is in place to cover the various scenarios, be that a shortened season or no season at all.

“We believe that everyone in the cricket family across the UK is approaching this crisis with a desire to act in the best interests of the game’s stakeholders, at all levels.

“The situation continues to move extremely rapidly and although we face an incredibly difficult and complex set of challenges, we remain optimistic that with support of our key partners and stakeholders, we can navigate a route through this crisis.”

From offering their ground to the NHS and local counties to providing food banks and local authorities and businesses much-needed assistance, Kent said they would, on their part, attempt to assist the community during UK’s ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

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