What is monthly pay of Pakistani cricketers after 200% increase by PCB?
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially announced a significant three-year central contracts agreement with their senior players, which will be in effect from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026. This deal encompasses 25 cricketers and incorporates a portion of ICC revenue.
In contrast to the previous year, the red-ball and white-ball national contracts have been consolidated. This decision, suggested by the central contract committee, aims to evaluate players based on their ability to contribute to match victories and promote a fair and transparent selection process.
The players will be categorized into four groups with substantial increases in monthly retainers, and ICC revenue will be integrated into their overall monthly earnings:
- Category A (3 players): 202% Total pay will be 4.5 million per month - Category B (6 players): 144% Total pay will be 3 million per month - Category C (2 players): 135% Totalpay will be 2 million per month - Category D (14 players): 127%
The contracted players, along with their respective categories, are as follows:
Category A: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi Category B: Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, and Shadab Khan Category C: Imad Wasim and Abdullah Shafique Category D: Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Saud Shakeel, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Usama Mir, and Zaman Khan
Furthermore, players' match fees will witness significant increments, with a 50% raise in Test matches, 25% in ODIs, and 12.5% in T20Is. Centrally contracted players participating in domestic cricket will receive 50% of the international match fee and will be permitted to participate in two foreign leagues per season.
While the financial model for the three-year contract period remains fixed, player performance evaluations will occur every 12 months. The transition from the previous central contract cycle, which ended on June 30, will take effect on July 1, 2023.