Ramiz Raja, who has taken over the chairman post of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier today, has announced various initiatives to be taken for assisting and accommodating the raw talent building them to turn into Pakistan’s fearless fate.
One of the initiatives that Raja unveiled in his press conference today was launching the U19 T20 league on a global level to provide a hyped platform for young, domestic, and academy cricketers to gain limelight establishing their skill further.
He also added that re-building pitches from the grassroots level will support the integral development of the player. In order to further groom up the upcoming talent providing them a forum to flourish their skills and meeting their desires, the newly elected chairman has announced the founding of High-Performance Center in interior Sindh and Balochistan.
To further boost the existing talent, he has proclaimed that 192 cricketers with domestic contracts will see an increase of PKR100,000 in monthly retainers across all rungs.
This means that domestic men’s cricketers in the 2021-22 season, which begins with the Cricket Associations T20, the Second XI competition, from 15 September at the Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, will now earn between PKR140,000 to PKR250,000 per month, which is an increase of 250 percent for the players in the D category, the lowest category.
“We need to develop an environment in which we generate professional cricketers at a young level,” he said. “This will help the HBL Pakistan Super League franchises as well, who are on the lookout for youngsters. I would like the former greats to coach them. We need to give a push to the age-group cricketers so they can excel in the sport from the early age.”
“It is our duty to care for our cricketers and continue to take measures which strengthen our system,” Ramiz said. “This will also play a role in ending any uncertainty surrounding the current cricket structure; the welfare of present and former cricketers is paramount to me.”