A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Pakistan cricketers to get paid more under new contracts

Pakistan players can expect higher match fees under the new conditions of the central contracts

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced that cricketers who gain central contracts, which were given out late last month, can expect a pay rise of 15 to 25 per cent.

An official within the PCB, stated that the move to increase retainer and match fees had been approved by the cricket board.

“The list of players who will get the central contracts and retainers should be announced by end of the week before the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour,” he said.

According to multiple sources within the PCB, the head of game development in the board, Intikhab Alam, chief selector Iqbal Qasim and domestic cricket operations manager Zakir Khan were all part of the committee that reviewed the clauses of the central contracts and also agreed to the increase in pay for national cricketers.

One source said: “Around 30 to 32 players will be given the central contracts and retainers.”

The central contracts that were in place actually expired on December 31 last year, but due to a number of reasons, the PCB have been unable to issue new ones.

With the new central contracts finalised, the official within the PCB, noted that it would be dated back to January 1 of this year.

With the new pay rises in full effect, Pakistan cricketers can expect a larger match fee for all three formats of the game, and this is something that has not happened in the last three to four years.

“The pay hike will also be added to the monthly retainers which at present are in the range of 250,000 rupees, 175,000 and 125,000,” the source said.

The highest fee paid to a player for an ODI or Test match range in the 300,000 to 350,000 rupees category.

Veteran players like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, who did not have a contract for the second half of last year, are expected to be given fresh contracts, while all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal may miss out on the opportunity to get a central contract once again.

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