ICL: Indian Cricket League

PCB working on pay formula that removes disparity


If Pakistan’s premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf were to be paid for last month’s series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi according to the new pay formula being devised by national cricket officials, he would have ended up earning much less than young opener Salman Butt.

Yousuf didn’t score many runs in the three-match while Butt fared much better. Under the previous contract system that was suspended after Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup exit, Yousuf would have earned more regardless of his lean form in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials claim they are working on a new pay formula that would remove such disparity and reward performance more than seniority. However, in the meantime, the PCB officials also say that senior players like Yousuf need not worry because experience would still have weight in the new contracts that would be awarded to twenty players from July 1.

Shafqat Naghmi, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, assures that overall, Yousuf and other national team players would earn much more through their new central contracts than they did in the past provided they performed well.

“The new contracts would assure the players more money than before but they will have to perform,” Naghmi told ‘The News’ on Saturday. “We are planning to give a players’ seniority some weight but overall, it would be their performance that would count.”

Naghmi said that the Board has considered various models and would soon finalise a full-fledged pay structure for submission to the PCB ad-hoc committee on June 17. “In the previous contract system, there was a lot of disparity among senior and junior players,” said Naghmi. “A senior player would get more than Rs 300,000 for an ODI while a newcomer would earn Rs 60,000 for the same game as match fee.”

He said that in the new central contracts, all players would get the same match fee. “For us, a player is only as good or as bad as the other. That is why we would have the same match fee for all players.”

However, he said that the Board was willing to have slabs in the players’ monthly retainers. Naghmi said that the Board is thinking about two options. According to option A, slabs would depend on performance (40 percent), seniority, fitness and discipline (20 percent each). However, he said that this option cannot be implemented this year because the Board cannot properly assess the players’ fitness and disciplinary record. “This formula can be put in place next year when we will have complete data on the players.”

Naghmi said that the other option is more feasible according to which performance (66 percent) and seniority (33 percent) would be considered in categorising the contracted players. Naghmi said that he has explained the Board’s plans to a group of players in a meeting in Lahore the other day. “The players initially wanted the status quo to be maintained,” said Naghmi. “But later we managed to convince the players that the new pay formula would be more fruitful for them.”

Naghmi said that the Board would also award win bonuses for each match rather than giving a bonus on a series win only. He said that the bonus for a century would be increased by 300 percent to Rs 300,000 and a century-maker would get Rs 75,000 more if his knock came in a match won by Pakistan.

“Similarly there would be monetary rewards for good individual performances by bowlers and fielders. There would even be bonuses for players who helped the team to a draw from a seemingly losing position.”

Source:The News

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