Joint statement: On behalf of England and Wales Cricket Board and Team England Player Partnership.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) have reached an agreement on revised remuneration terms for England’s men’s central contracts for a 12-month period from 1 October 2020.

In view of the substantial shortfall in the ECB’s revenue as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the England men’s players’ have agreed to take a 15% reduction in their remuneration, which is made up of retainers, match fees and win bonuses.

Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket, said:

“I would like to thank the players and TEPP for their collaboration, which has enabled us to reach this agreement. The relationship with our men’s players and their representatives (TEPP) is strong, and we need to recognise that our players, led by captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, have conducted themselves with great maturity and responsibility throughout this challenging time.

“We now want to build on this agreement and work together on a number of areas relating to player welfare, particularly mental health, which remains a high priority for all of us, as we continue to navigate a path through this pandemic.”

Richard Bevan, Chairman, Team England Player Partnership, said:

“These are unprecedented times and once again the players have shown that they fully appreciate the important role they play in helping cricket emerge from this pandemic in as strong a position as possible. In agreeing to this revised remuneration package, they have shown great responsibility and unity with the wider game.

“TEPP would like to place on record our appreciation to the ECB for their cooperative approach in agreeing a way forward throughout these challenging circumstances.”