By Matt Hughes And Richard Gibson For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 22:51 BST, 16 September 2019
Counties who do not pay players the minimum wage or spend at least £1.5million on salaries will face severe sporting or financial sanctions for the first time next season under the new County Partnership Agreement.
Sportsmail has learned that the potential punishments under consideration for failure to comply with the CPA include a ban on signing overseas players, point deductions and having their central funding withheld, as the ECB are determined to ensure county players receive a portion of the new record £1.1billion broadcast deal that begins next summer.
Following a year of negotiations between the ECB, the counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association the CPA is finally ready to be signed, and it will include tough sanctions for clubs who fail to implement minimum standards.
Counties that don't pay sufficient wages will now face severe sporting or financial sanctions
The new agreement will bring significant financial benefits for most county players, as it includes the introduction of a £27,500 minimum wage for senior players and a doubling of the so-called salary collar stating that each county must spend at least £1.5m on total player salaries, with the crucial proviso that any counties who fail to comply will be punished.