Coronavirus Outbreak: Cash-strapped Cricket Australia secure $50 million loan if India series gets scrapped

Melbourne: Cricket Australia has secured a loan of $50 million, an upfront payment as part of a larger $200 million credit, which it has sought to cover the losses if India fail to tour the country later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report published in Sydney Morning Herald, stakeholders have been informed that the loan with the Commonwealth Bank is a “done deal”.

File image of Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts. AFP

However, it raised fresh questions about the governing body’s decision to stand down 80 percent of its staff last month due to financial crisis.

CA stood down more than 200 staff on 20 percent pay until the end of June with chief executive Kevin Roberts fearing they might run out of money by August if the drastic cuts were not made.

The decision, which had saved CA about $3 million, is in question now with the governing body securing $50 million loan.

While Roberts, himself, is still earning 80 percent of his salary, he is set to propose to state associations a 25 percent reduction in grants from CA, the reports said.

CA is staring at losing a staggering AU$ 300 million in the wake of the pandemic and India’s four-Test tour in December-January could provide relief to the struggling body.

Former Test all-rounder Shane Watson, who is the president of Australian Cricketers’ Association Board, will convene a meeting early next week “to formalise a position on the state of the game’s finances”.

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