Players’ wage discrepancy a major threat to Intl cricket: Shakib

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Sports desk: Bangladesh all rounder Shakib Al Hasan told the MCC committee annual meeting, held in Sydney, numerous younger Bangladesh players are no longer viewing Test cricket as they afford greater financial security from T20.

Shakib in that meeting spoke about  some of the issues and dramas they’ve had over the years but he also spoke about the ICC needing to take control of where the money goes because he knows a lot of money is going to the right place but it’s not getting through to the players the way it probably should.”

It also discussed the fact that underpaid players will be more susceptible to the lure of corrupt approaches from would-be spot-fixers.

The vastly contrasting levels of remuneration from country to country were highlighted in an ESPNcricinfo investigation in October, which showed that Australia’s captain Steven Smith stood to earn US$1.469 million in 2017, while his Zimbabwean counterpart Graeme Cremer would earn a mere $86,000. India’s captain Virat Kohli would pull in approximately $1 million for 2017, while the coach Ravi Shastri collected an annual salary of $1.17 million, ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Cricket’s governing bodies must move quickly to close the wage gap in the international game or risk a mass exodus to domestic Twenty20 leagues, the MCC world cricket committee has declared.

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