Yorkshire have placed their players and coaching staff on furlough until further notice as the fall out from the Coronavirus pandemic continues.
The majority of the club’s non-playing staff were placed on furlough at the end of March under the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which will pay up to 80% of monthly wages up to GBP 2,500.
Yorkshire held a Board meeting on Friday (April 3) and took the decision to extend the furloughing of staff to the playing squad and coaches. Each member of the cricket department was contacted on Friday evening by Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon and told of the decision.
The club confirmed to Cricbuzz that they will be topping up player and coach wages above the government limits so each employee will receive 100% of their salary.
It is expected that most of the remaining first-class counties will follow Yorkshire’s lead and furlough their playing squads this week as they look to limit the damage to their finances with no cricket set to be played until at least the end of May. Cricbuzz understands Essex’s squad have also been placed on furlough.
Last week, Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, warned that the sport faced the “biggest challenge in its history” from the Covid-19 crisis and estimated the game would lose GBP 300 million should the season be totally wiped out.
“First and foremost, there is a bigger picture than cricket and it is vitally important that people stay safe, stay healthy and support the NHS in any way possible,” said Moxon. “We are in the midst of a national crisis and cricket is secondary at this moment.
“From a Club point of view, we feel that these measures need to be taken to ensure as little damage as possible to the business.
“The players are disappointed not to be playing as they have worked hard during the winter and have been excited about the season ahead. However, they are all fully understanding of the Club’s decision and we hope that the situation improves as quickly as possible to ensure that everyone can resume some kind of normality as soon as possible.”