Pakistan cricketers get hefty pay hike under new contract

January 16th, 2009 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered central contracts to 27 players for a one-year period. Contrary to reports that the new contracts will force the cricketers to accept pay cuts, the board has enhanced the fees and bonuses.Reports had emerged over the past couple of weeks that the PCB will severely cut down salaries and perks of the players due to major financial losses over the last several months.

According to the new central contracts, players belonging to the elite A category will get Rs.350,000 per Test instead of Rs. 250,000 given to them in the last contract. Similarly, for a One-day International, the A-category players will get Rs.300,000 per match while for a Twenty20 game, they would receive a fee of Rs. 125,000.

This is in addition to the monthly salaries that will be given to the contracted players. The board has also decided to give special win bonuses as well as cash rewards for individual performances.

The players will receive 100 percent bonus if the national team beats a top-three side or old rivals India in a match. They will get 200 percent of the match fees if they win a series against a top team or India.

An Asian or International Cricket Council (ICC) title will entitle them to a 300 percent bonus.

A Test or ODI century will earn a player Rs. 300,000 while a double century will fetch him half-a-million rupees.

The cash incentives promised by the board came as a pleasant surprise for the contracted players.

However, apart from highlighting the cash incentives, the board has also warned the players to maintain strict discipline on and off the field.

The PCB has issued strict warning regarding doping, following a series of dope-related episodes involving Pakistani players during the past couple of years.

The board has also instructed the players to behave properly with spectators and fans. This clause has been included in the contract following an incident involving Shahid Afridi recently. The all-rounder was accused of slapping a fan who was seeking an autograph from the star player.

The cricketers have also been told that they have to make themselves available for national duty and also cannot opt out of domestic games without a valid reason.

The board has also made it clear that it is no longer ready to bear the expenses of the players’ families during team tours in future. In the past, the PCB footed the bill for the visit of players’ wives and children.

The PCB has asked the players to sign the contracts by Jan 28 or else they will be dropped from the list.

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