Pakistan men and women’s team receive financial reward from PCB

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The men’s and women’s national team both received monetary rewards from the PCB

Both the Pakistan men’s and women’s national team have received a financial reward from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their recent triumphs at the international level.

The men’s team recently won their ODI and Twenty20 series against the West Indies, while the women managed to qualify for the 2014 Women’s World Twenty20.

Each member of the men’s team has been given Rs. 200,000 (USD $2000), while each member of the women’s team received Rs.100,000 (USD $1000) each.

However, the PCB gave a bonus of Rs. 400,000 (USD $4000) to captain Misbah-ul-Haq, wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal, Zulfiqur Babar, who made his international debut during the West Indies tour, and all-rounder Shahid Afridi for their outstanding performances against the men from the Caribbean.

“The performances of both our men’s and women’s teams merited a reward,” interim PCB chairman Najam Sethi said. “The tenacity shown by the boys under Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez in the West Indies was quite remarkable.

“The women’s team too has maintained an upwardly mobile trajectory, and their achievement of finishing the ICC Qualifiers for the World T20 championship on top of their event is indeed commendable. The PCB management is positive that the cash rewards and recognition shall inspire both teams to keep it up and notch greater accomplishments.”

Following a dismal showing at the last ever Champions Trophy, where they failed to win a single game, the men’s team bounced back to defeat the West Indies 3-1 in their five-match ODI series and whitewashed them 2-0 in the Twenty20 series that followed.

Ul-Haq led by example throughout the entire ODI series, smashing four half-centuries in five matches to score a total of 260 runs in five ODIs at an incredible average of 65.

Akmal had a solid time behind the stumps and with the bat as well, while Babar took three wickets and smashed a last ball six to lead Pakistan to victory in the first Twenty20 International.

Afridi meanwhile took a career-best seven wickets for just 12 runs and hammered an impeccable 76 off 55 balls in the first ODI, which also marked his return to the limited overs format.

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