'Give at least £42 Million' - Darren Sammy demands reward for CWI from the ECB for playing Tests in testing times

‘Give at least £42 Million’ – Darren Sammy demands reward for CWI from the ECB for playing Tests in testing times

The series saw the ECB fetching a whopping amount of £280 million this summer.

Joe Root talks with Jason Holder
Joe Root talks with Jason Holder. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images,)

The cricket world and its enthusiasts finally saw the light of the game after witnessing the just concluded Wisden Trophy which was dominated by the Brits. The series saw the ECB fetching a whopping amount of £280 million this summer. On the other hand, the Caribbean team is set to receive a 50% pay cut from the West Indies Cricket Board due to arising financial troubles which everyone is aware of in such testing times.

Although in spite of the fact that cricket is a game played between equals, the cricketing boards, however, are far from being equal. A simple fact that ECB fetches £220 million just from broadcasting rights every year as compared to CWI getting only £12 million clearly outlines the difference between the earnings of the two cricket boards.

Darren Sammy asks for 15% of the amount fetched by ECB

Witnessing the hardship of his fellow West Indians, former all-rounder Darren Sammy took to Twitter demanding the 15% of the £280 fetched by ECB from the just-concluded Test series. He tweeted, “Should get at least 15% of the 280million @windiescricket saved @ECB_cricket by coming over to play”.

The amount basically sums to around £42 million which Sammy expects the English Board to reward the Caribbeans.

Meanwhile, Jason Holder has also expressed his opinion on the ongoing financial tussle in the West Indies Cricket. He expressed his thought of England touring the West Indies later this year, “It’s been a tough last few years for us financially, pretty much and we’ve taken a pay cut due to the circumstances. A tour hopefully, if it is possible before the end of 2020, would help keep us afloat.”

A serious fact needs to be noted that a touring team doesn’t get anything from the broadcasting revenue a host nation acquires. Now while witnessing a pandemic as serious as COVID-19, its high time for cricket boards to have a look into these financial situations to keep the players motivated in future times, and this great game can be played on without any hindrance but with great precautions.