Sussex have cut their playing budget for next season and made “a limited number” of redundancies.

Chief executive Rob Andrew revealed the measure as part of the county’s efforts to weather the Covid-19 crisis.

Sussex received their full allocation of TV money as they played a shortened season behind closed doors.

But Andrew estimates they lost £3 million in income from members, supporters, events and hospitality and commercial partners for the summer of 2020.

The county released Luke Wells and Harry Finch at the end of the season.

Danny Briggs has taken up a contract offer at Warwickshire and the future of David Wiese is unclear, although it is hoped he will return on a T20 deal.

There have been new contracts for Tom Haines, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Jamie Atkins, Jack Carson and Henry Crocombe.

In a statement released today, Andrew wrote: “As we start to fully understand the financial damage inflicted on us this year, we have also started to put our plans in place for the winter and into next summer.

“We have reduced costs as much as possible which unfortunately has meant a limited number of redundancies across the organisation, and we have also had to reduce the playing budget for 2021 as we look to plan a way forward over the next 12-18 months.

“We have had to make some very difficult decisions regarding player contracts at the end of this season, but it has been necessary to reduce the cost base of the business as we plan for all eventualities.

“This has been offset, however, by some exciting new young signings, who undoubtedly help us to ensure we continue to put the strongest team possible on the field.”