We have done cost-cutting but there has been no pay cut or lay-off: BCCI

Written by Abhishek Patil

Like other sporting boards, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also suffered losses following the cancellation of events and as per president Sourav Ganguly, the board will suffer a loss of Rs 4000 crore should it be forced to cancel IPL 2020. BCCI remains hopeful of staging the league later this year, the reason why it decided against cancelling the league.

So has the BCCI, so far, taken a decision on pay cuts? Responding the query, Arun Dhumal, board’s treasurer, said that BCCI has taken cost-cutting measures but there has been no pay cuts or lay-offs.

“The BCCI has done some cost control after the elected office-bearers took charge last October. The process started before the pandemic. But there has been no pay cut or lay-off as of now. We have cut cost on other fronts like travel, hospitality, etc,” Dhumal told The New Indian Express.

Although he did add that the board might have to assess the situation should IPL be cancelled. “IPL not happening will have a huge impact and we will assess the situation before taking a fresh call.”

As per latest reports, the BCCI is looking at the September-October and October-November window to stage the T20 league. As Dhumal had previously said, the board will not ask for the T20 World Cup to be postponed – it takes place in October and November – to open a window for IPL. ICC is yet to take a final call on the future of WC but there are high chances of the event being postponed.

The government’s guidelines do allow sporting bodies to stage matches behind the closed doors but BCCI doesn’t have any plans to organise matches for now. It is only expected to take a call once the situation is under total control.

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