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PCB reveals good news for domestic cricketers

PCB reveals good news for domestic cricketers

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) conducted its 70th Board of Governer (BOG) meeting on Saturday. To promote domestic cricket on the highest level, considering it as the backbone of Pakistan Cricket, the board has decided to make the structure even more interesting, investing extra in it to strengthen the panel.

The board has decided to encourage the domestic cricketers, offering them hefty contracts as it has approved increments in retainers and the match fees. The contracts will run from September 2022 to August 2023, and the names of the players eligible for the pay increase will be revealed in a shorter course.

After Mr Ramiz Raja had announced an increase of PKR100,000 in retainers across all five categories upon being elected as the 34th PCB Chairman last September, the cricket board has again topped up the domestic retainers, adding value to domestic cricket.

However, the most significant improvement is in the match fees, which have been increased with the objective of attracting star cricketers and inspiring them to maintain high standards so that they can continue to stay in the domestic contract categories.

Match fee of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been increased from PKR 60,000 to PKR 100,000, while match fee of the Pakistan Cup and the National T20 has been raised from PKR 40,000 to PKR 60,000, respectively. The non-playing members of the red and white-ball matches will now receive PKR 40,000 (up by PKR16,000) and PKR 20,000 (up by PKR4,000).

Similarly, match fee of the non-first-class four-day Cricket Associations Championship has been increased from PKR 25,000 to PKR 40,000. Whereas the white-ball Cricket Associations Challenge and CA T20 match fee has been enhanced from PKR 15,000 to PKR 25,000. The non-playing members of the red and white-ball matches will make PKR 15,000 and PKR 10,000, in sequence.

The overall result because of these latest increases in retainers and match fees is that Category A+ and Category D players can now potentially earn between PKR 4.3million and PKR 6.1million respectively.

However, to make these earnings, the players will have to maintain the expected fitness levels and perform consistently so that they can feature in all league matches of the National T20, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup.

According to the PCB,

“These are projected numbers and have been calculated on the basis of 30 league matches being played across the three major PCB events and without adding the impact of any prize moneys. The total prize money of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is PKR 17million with the winner receiving PKR 10million, the champion of Pakistan Cup will earn PKR 5million from a total purse of PKR 9.3million and the winner of the National T20 will get richer by PKR 5million from a total pool of PKR 8.7million.

Similarly, players participating in the second division CA Championship (four-day non-first-class), CA Challenge (50-over) and CA T20 will have an opportunity to earn around PKR 1.14million through match fees and daily allowance payments. When the players’ monthly retainers are added to these numbers, then it again becomes a substantial figure and should motivate them further to not only do better but also aspire to play in the three major events, which will not only enhance their earnings but also bring them one step closer selections in the national side.”

2022-23 domestic contract categories (player names to be announced in due course):

A+ (15 players) – PKR300,000 (up by PKR50,000)

A (35 players) – PKR200,000 (up by PKR15,000)

B (48 players) – PKR185,000 (up by PKR10,000)

C (70 players) – PKR170,000 (up by PKR5,000)

D (24 players) – PKR150,000 (up by PKR10,000)

2022-23 domestic events match fee

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – PKR100,000 (11 playing members each); PKR24,000 (five non-playing members each)

Pakistan Cup – PKR60,000 (11 playing members each); PKR20,000 (five non-playing member each)

National T20 – PKR60,000 (11 playing members each); PKR20,000 (five non-playing member each)

CA Championship – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five no-playing members each)

CA Challenge – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five non-playing members each)

CA T20 – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five non-playing members each)

Projected earnings (after 30 Quaid Trophy, Pakistan Cup and National T20 league matches and without taking into account additional knockout matches and prize moneys):

Category

Retainer

Match fee

Daily allowance

Total

A+

PKR3,600,000

PKR2,200,000

PKR300,000

PKR6,100,000

A

PKR2,400,000

PKR2,200,000

PKR300,000

PKR4,900,000

B

PKR2,220,000

PKR2,200,000

PKR300,000

PKR4,720,000

C

PKR2,040,000

PKR2,200,000

PKR300,000

PKR4,540,000

D

PKR1,800,000

PKR2,200,000

PKR300,000

PKR4,300,000

Projected earnings (after 30 CA Championship, CA Challenge and CA T20 matches):

Category

Retainer

Match fee

Daily allowance

Total

A+

PKR3,600,000

PKR900,000

PKR240,000

PKR4,740,000

A

PKR2,400,000

PKR900,000

PKR240,000

PKR3,540,000

B

PKR2,220,000

PKR900,000

PKR240,000

PKR3,360,000

C

PKR2,040,000

PKR900,000

PKR240,000

PKR3,180,000

D

PKR1,800,000

PKR900,000

PKR240,000

PKR2,940,000

Source: PCB

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