The West Indies cricket team became the first international side to fly all the way to England in order to resume international cricket post the unwanted COVID-19 break. While the move helped England save a whopping amount of £280 million this summer, the Windies players are set to be ‘rewarded’ back home with a 50 percent pay cut by Cricket West Indies (CWI). Now, former Windies skipper Daren Sammy has asked ECB to help CWI by giving them 15% of the money they helped them save.
Such is the financial gap between the two boards that while the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) earns £220 million just from broadcasting rights every year, CWI only gets £12 million.
Seeing the plight of the touring side, Sammy didn’t shy away from asking England to help his countrymen with a financial reward considering the risk they put themselves and their family in by touring the country with the ‘worst death-rate’ from the pandemic.
“Should get at least 15% of the 280million @windiescricket saved @ECB_cricket by coming over to play”, tweeted Sammy. 15 percent of 280 million translates to 42 million, which is what the veteran cricketer is seeking from England for the series.
Highlighting the plight of the situation, Holder also expressed the need for England to tour the West Indies by the end of this year in order to keep them ‘afloat’.