T20 big bucks: England cricketers feel denied

A packed international schedule means the players hardly get to play in high-revenue domestic T20 tournaments around the world. Central contracts too are not rewarding enough, some say.

updated: February 17, 2013 12:41 IST
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Cricket is one of the most lucrative sports in the world but members of the England national team may be losing out on the riches. This according to the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA).

In a report published in Cricinfo, Angus Porter has been quoted as saying that the England players miss out on playing in Iucrative domestic T20 events due to a busy international schedule which eventually results in their earning being lesser than their counterparts from other national teams. "It is quite wrong to presume that central contracts are adequate compensation. England players are substantially underpaid even before we factor in the lost earnings from potential T20 appearances," he has said.

While Porter is one of the men responsible for negotiating central contracts for England players, the talks with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)are in the early stage. "We understand there are complex issues here. We understand why the England schedule is so busy and we don't pretend there are simple answers. We are not thrusting a stake into the ground and saying our position cannot be moved. We just feel that a bit of flexibility is required and that a negotiated settlement is the answer," said Porter.

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