The top national cricketers including the skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq are pleased with the pay rise that assures them an annual income of Rs 2.4 million through the central contracts, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Tuesday.
The PCB has given its leading players a 25 percent increment in a new 12-month contract that comes into effect from July 1. A total of 20 players have been kept in the central contract system that has several slabs while 12 more cricketers have been give a monthly retainer.
â€œThe new contracts have been worked out by the PCB ad-hoc committee and all the players are happy on getting a raise,â€ said Abbas Zaidi, the PCBâ€™s Director of Board Operations.
The A-list players - Inzamam, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Youis Khan and Shahid Afridi - would get Rs2.4 million per annum. The B category that is formed by Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria and Kamran Akmal would get Rs1.5 million in a year.
The C category players would earn Rs900,000. This category includes Asim Kamal, Imran Farhat, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shahid Nazir, Salman Butt, Bazid Khan, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar Anjum and newcomers Mohammad Asif and Faisal Iqbal.
The medium pacer Shabbir Ahmed has been axed from the central contractsâ€™ list but would get a special allowance of Rs30,000 per month from the PCB. Shabbir is presently serving an ICC ban over illegal action till the end of this year. Also to get a similar allowance are the national teamâ€™s reserve players who would get Rs30,000 a month till the duration of Pakistanâ€™s tour of England.
Zaidi said that the ad-hoc committee has accepted in principle a proposal to establish a Cricketersâ€™ Benefit Fund for retired players.
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