England stars query £2.1m bonus pot for ECB’s top chiefs after Covid chaos

England's top cricketers are reportedly querying the news that ECB's senior executives are set to share the windfall from a £2.1m bonus pot just a year on from Covid causing chaos.

Last year, England cricket's governing body decided to go on a cost-cutting operation by letting go 62 members of staff during the ongoing Covid pandemic that caused havoc throughout the world of sport.

But it has since been reported that ECB's top chiefs will now be rewarded with a share of the £2.1m bonus pot, with CEO Tom Harrison likely to be the largest beneficiary.

The bonuses come as part of the governing body's Long-Term Incentive Plan which is meant to be settled in 2022.

As well as Harrison, Sanjay Patel is on course to receive a considerable amount given his role as managing director of The Hundred.

The ECB refused to confirm who else will be offered the cash bonuses, claiming that it would be in breach of the confidentiality of their contracts.

But according to the Guardian, England's leading players are questioning the bonus pot move amid what has gone on during these troubling times.

England players had agreed to take pay cuts of their own and saw a reduce in prize money last year.

The bonus pot news also comes following a £16.5m loss in money for the last financial year as the Covid crisis hit the ECB's revenues.

And the news has not gone down well with the Professional Cricketers’ Association – with one England star telling the Guardian the ECB have 'looked after themselves' while reducing the incentives for the national side who have lived largely in a bio-secure bubble for the last 18 months.

It is also reported that there is a feeling of unease from those employees lower down in the ECB ranks, having worked with great effort over these Covid-hit months.

But the ECB have defended their stance – insisting plenty of sporting federations have bonus scheme set-ups to retain people in senior roles and is based on the successful outcome of the Inspiring Generations strategy – brought into widen the audience in the UK with the Hundred proving a success.

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