By Richard Gibson For Mailonline
Published: 17:05 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 17:05 BST, 15 September 2020
County cricket is to be spared from the ECB's new austerity measures despite the governing body slashing their own workforce by a sixth and saving 20% in wages.
The 18 first-class counties were on Tuesday given notice that their central handouts for 2020-21 would remain untouched from current annual levels - which range from £3.8million for clubs with category A grounds to £3.6million for rivals at category C venues.
Sportsmail understands there is a caveat to the pledge, with the funds only being passed on in full in the event that the international schedule and new Hundred competition go ahead as planned next summer, and all TV money is recouped.
The first-class counties were told their central handouts for 2020-21 would remain untouched
The ECB have already expedited payments until the end of January as part of their coronavirus rescue package and have moved to provide clarity to the counties as to what they can expect to receive from February 1, 2021 onwards, as several begin their financial years on October 1.
A virtual meeting of the ECB and chairmen and chief executives of the 18 first-class clubs is scheduled for next Tuesday and the governing body's finance team will then hold talks with individual clubs to gain a picture of the challenges each faces over the next few years.
In revealing that 62 jobs within the organisation would be lost, the ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said English cricket was 'facing its most significant challenge of the modern era,' and warned that this year's losses