Following discussions between the PCA, ECB and 18 first-class counties, the Club’s professional playing and support staff have been furloughed in a collective move to help protect the domestic game.

The agreement will see players agree to taking a reduction in their remuneration consistent with other non-playing staff at the Club. In-line with government guidelines the agreement will run for an initial period of April and May, with the situation being closely monitored throughout that time.

Chief Executive Ray Payne said “We see this as a positive move that will help ensure longevity across the Club in these unprecedented times. One thing that has always been at the forefront of our minds has been a ‘one club’ approach and thankfully everyone at the club has shared the vision of being in this together.”

In addition to reduced remuneration, the PCA have relinquished £1 million of the domestic player prize money for 2020 with the ECB reallocating this towards assisting first-class counties in the implementation of the new 2020-2024 County Partnership Agreement.

The collective agreement for county professionals follows England men’s players, through the Team England Player Partnership, donating an initial £500,000 to the ECB and selected good causes and England women’s players, through England Women’s Player Partnership, volunteering a salary reduction in line with their coaches and support staff.