Pakistan Cricket Board to adopt new policy for centrally contracted players
The Pakistan Cricket Board will adopt a new policy for its centrally contracted players from July 1, in which new contracts will be awarded for two different formats instead of the existing one contracting mechanism.
A board official told PTI on Saturday that the contract will be awarded for the red-ball and white-ball formats.
“Essentially players who represent and perform for the country in both formats will be given separate red-ball and white-ball contacts, meaning they will earn two retainers instead of the current one,” he added. ,” They said.
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He said that PCB chairman Rameez Raja has agreed in principle to increase the monthly retainer of contracted players by 25-30 per cent.
“While match fees are the same for all centrally contracted players in different categories, retainers will be based on seniority, performance and fitness,” he added.
He also said that most likely the number of players to be given new central contracts will increase from the current 20 players to around 28-30.
“It is because of the two different formats in which we will be awarding contracts. The growth in the number of players will be the most emerging category,” he added.
Category A, which includes Pakistan captains Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, allows a monthly retainer of 1.25 million Pakistani rupees, while category B players get 935,000 and C category players 562,000 per month. payment is made.
The official also said that the board will set up a new compensation fund for marquee players.
“The purpose of this fund is that those of our players who are absolutely essential to the team, according to the team management’s feedback, will be compensated (partially) if they have to give up the foreign league contracts awarded to them.”
“If the team management feels that certain players need to be nurtured and taken care of, they will often be discouraged from participating in foreign leagues and will be partially compensated by the board,” he added.
“The idea is to help prolong the careers of essential players and prevent burnout, while ensuring they don’t lose out financially,” he said.
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