Yorks players stump up part of tour costs

Most of Yorkshire’s 16-man squad for the pre-season tour to Barbados will be meeting some of their own expenses.

After announcing a loss of nearly £2m for 2010, largely as a result of staging the Pakistan v Australia Test, Yorkshire’s debts are now believed to be in the region of £20m.

But rather than go without their 12-day trip to the Caribbean, the players are paying around half the costs themselves.

The exceptions are youngsters Moin Ashraf and Gurman Randhawa, who have both been awarded a £1,000 grant by the Yorkshire Players’ Association. The Supporters’ Association have also donated £4,500.

Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are unavailable because of World Cup duty, while captain Andrew Gale, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth and Jonathan Bairstow are touring the West Indies with England Lions until the end of March. Yorkshire’s trip runs from March 13-25.

Several office staff have been made redundant in recent months and Yorkshire have budgeted for a further £1m loss this year, despite the fact there will be no overseas player.

Yorkshire were planning to spend a few days pre-season training at Chelmsford but coach Martyn Moxon said: “The players were very keen to go on a pre-season tour and they offered to put their hands in their pockets.

“They weren’t forced to do it – they just decided it was something they wanted to do. We all want to be successful and this is further evidence of the players’ commitment. They have worked extremely hard throughout the winter and are determined to hit the ground running.”

Yorkshire also went to Barbados last year and began with three victories in their opening five games on their way to finishing third in the County Championship.

Moxon added: “The tour will gave us a chance work on a few things and to get some good quality outdoor practice. I’m pretty pleased with how we’re shaping up and this will be a chance to fine-tune one or two things.”

Yorkshire will play a two-day inter-squad game, a 40-over match against Warwickshire and will take part in a Twenty20 event also involving Warwickshire, Essex, Hampshire, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Barbados and University of West Indies. They open their Championship programme at Worcester on April 8.

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