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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced happy news for the ex-Pakistani cricketers as directed by Ramiz Raja. The board’s chairman, updating the PCB players’ welfare policy, says that the panel has not forgotten the services of retired cricketers, hence, increasing their current pensions to PKR 100,000 in all categories.
Former Pakistani Cricketers to earn a pension raise by PKR 100,000
According to the initiative, the cricketers who have played in 10 or fewer Tests will now receive a monthly pension of PKR142,000, players who have played between 11 and 20 Tests will receive PKR148,000 whereas, those, who have featured in 21 or more Tests will receive PKR154,000.
One of the policies in regard has been amended, as per which, the legal heirs for the cricketer will be his spouse in case of his demise. The pension will be transferred to the player’s widow if any unfortunate occurs.
Previously, the legal heirs of the cricketer were only entitled to receive a one-time payment equivalent to 12 months’ benefit calculated according to the bracket under which the pension was being paid to the cricketer. It is pertinent to mention here that the cricketers aged 60 or above will be benefited from the policy.
In his statements, the PCB chairman narrated that the board is determined to take special care of all its present and past cricketers. He bestowed thank to the cricketers’ spouses who have sacrificed to let their husbands play on a higher level, serving the homeland first.
His statements read,
“It gives me immense pleasure and happiness to announce the increase in pension amounts and other amendments to the PCB Players’ Welfare Policy. With a former cricketer at the helm of Pakistan cricket affairs, the expectation was that I will always protect and look after the interests and welfare of all present and past cricketers. I am delighted that I have been able to fulfil another of my commitments and have amended the policy in such a way that there will now be an annual increase in the pension amounts.
“While improving the pension amounts, we have also ensured security for a cricketer’s widow. As a former cricketer, I know and understand the sacrifices of the families, particularly the spouses that allow cricketers to fulfil their ambitions and dreams of representing their country at the highest level. I am confident this incremental increase of the pension policy will give a lot of peace and satisfaction to the cricketers as well as their families.
“The PCB is an institution that has a proud history of respecting and appreciating its cricketers. These amendments to the PCB Players’ Welfare Policy are a testament to our commitment and on behalf of this organisation, I once again assure all retired cricketers that we will continue to support them in any way we can, be it through the PCB Players’ Welfare Policy or the PCB Benevolent Fund, which exists to support and help cricketers facing financial challenges and hardships.”
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