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    PCB & centrally contracted players & GMs make a contribution of PKR 10m to PM's COVID Fund

    PCB to make contribution in fight against COVID-19

    • Centrally contracted players to contribute PKR5million

    • All General Managers and above to donate two days’ salary; remaining staff to donate one-day salary; PCB to match staff’s contributions

    Lahore, 25 March 2020:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced its cricketers and staff will play their part in the fight against COVID-19 by making contributions to the government’s emergency fund.

    The centrally contracted players will collectively donate PKR5million to the fund.

    In addition to the cricketers’ contribution, PCB staff up to the rank of Senior Managers will donate one day’s salary, while the General Managers and above will donate two days’ salary.

    Furthermore, the PCB, as an institution, will match the contribution of its staff to the government fund.

    PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “The Pakistan Cricket Board has always stood with the people of Pakistan in desperate times. This is one of the gravest, most challenging and unprecedented times, which our local and federal governments and health workers are having to face with.

    “While we continue to pray for the wellbeing and success of our health workers so that normality returns to our society, we at the PCB are making a small contribution which will support the government in its endeavours against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I am fully aware like a lot of other generous people in our society, our cricketers and staff are privately supporting the local governments and various other charities by making contributions in their own ways. We are grateful to them for their valuable support.

    “The success of nations is measured by how they come together in difficult times, and this is one such moment when we all must stand united.

    “On behalf of the PCB, I once again urge the people of Pakistan to seriously take all precautionary measures as these have been designed for their and their loved ones’ safety. We are a resilient nation and I have no doubt we will defeat this pandemic together.”


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    Great gesture. Well done guys

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    Excellent work and with people like Sohail Tanvir helping distribute food etc to needy, all shows how their concern which is good for the country.


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    Good stuff

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    PCB donates in excess of PKR10million in PM’s relief fund

    Lahore, 18 April 2020:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board deposited PKR10,536,500 (approximately one crore and five lakh Pakistani rupees) in Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund as part of its contribution in the fight against the pandemic.

    The PCB had announced on 25 March that the centrally contracted players will make a collective contribution in the emergency relief fund, while the PCB will separately match the contribution of its staff.

    PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “I want to thank all the centrally contracted players and the PCB staff for their generous contributions in the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund. Cricket has once again demonstrated that it values, respects and cares for its fans, followers and supporters, and will continue to do so.

    “In these difficult times, we pray for the health and safety of our paramedics and other frontline fighters, and hope the government will succeed in its endeavours in overcoming this pandemic.”

    Dr Fehmida Mirza, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, said: “The PCB has been one of the leading organisations, which has helped and supported the government by spreading public service messages to create awareness about this pandemic.

    “They have now gone an extra yard by making this generous donation, which will be used to support our frontline fighters as well as the underprivileged. On behalf of the government, I thank the PCB and hope they will continue to use their brand and reach so that we can collectively achieve our objectives.”


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    PCB to provide financial assistance to cricketers, match officials, scorers and ground staff

    PCB to help cricketers, match officials, scorers and ground staff

    • PCB aims to disburse one-time payments to those meeting criteria before Eid Al-Fitr

    • PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani says the PCB has a duty of care towards its stakeholders after Covid-19 halted cricket activities

    • The PCB had earlier contributed over PKR10million in the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund and had also converted its high performance centre in Karachi into a sanctuary for the paramedic staff

    Lahore, 3 May 2020:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced it will help and support first-class cricketers and other stakeholders facing hardships in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, resulting in no local cricket activity.

    Along with the first-class cricketers, the support will also be extended to match officials, scorers and ground staff as the PCB has set aside funds from its current fiscal year in these challenging and unprecedented times during which economic activity around the world has taken a big hit.

    With limited funds available and to ensure only the deserving candidates are supported, the PCB has put together an eligibility criteria, which is:

    • First-class cricketers who featured in the 2018-19 season and have played at least 15 first-class matches in the past five seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19

    • Match officials and scorers who have officiated in PCB-organised events over the past two seasons

    • Ground staff that had been employed by the now defunct regional/district cricket associations before 1 January 2013 (should have approximately eight years of service)

    *Those falling in the aforementioned categories should presently be unemployed

    The first-class cricketers, who will meet the criteria, will receive PKR25,000. The match officials will get PKR15,000, while the scorers and grounds staff will be given PKR10,000.

    Those wishing to benefit from the one-time scheme are advised to contact the PCB from Monday, 4 May, to Thursday, 14 May. This will give the PCB sufficient time to carry out its diligence before releasing funds to the eligible candidates before Eid Al-Fitr.

    Respecting privacy of the applicants, the PCB has assured the identities will be treated in strict confidence and the PCB will not make any announcement in relation to who and how many benefitted from this one-time scheme.

    PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “The PCB feels it has a duty of care towards its stakeholders and, as such, it is imperative that we stand by our people during the lockdown period and support them in the lead up to Eid Al-Fitr. It was the right time to support cricketers, match officials, scorers and grounds staff in this hour of need.

    “It is also heartening to see our cricketers coming out and supporting the people in need by auctioning their prized possessions and through various charities. While I am sure many players are making donations in private, I want to applaud and appreciate Shahid Afridi, Rumman Raees and Azhar Ali who have been at the forefront of this noble cause and have been doing outstanding work.”

    This is the PCB’s latest initiative to contribute in these challenging times after it had earlier contributed more than PKR10million in the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund with half of the share came from the centrally contracted men and women cricketers and the PCB staffers.

    In March, the PCB turned Karachi’s Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre into a sanctuary for the paramedic staff, working at a makeshift hospital at Expo Centre.


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    This is a great initiative.

    Well done, PCB.



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    Great idea, just needed to be a little more generous with the money.

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    LAHORE: Only 16 domestic cricketers could benefit from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s welfare scheme, which was introduced to help them out financially due to the Covid-19.

    Though the PCB has the plan to disburse the amount to qualified domestic cricketers, scorers, umpires and referees — totalling above 90 — before the Eid-ul-Fitr, the process of collecting the applications ended on May 19 instead of the May 16 deadline, it could not be possible to release the amount as the bank holidays also started from May 23.

    “It was not possible to disburse the amount before Eid, in three days time, but now they would get it in five working days after the end of the Eid’s holidays,” a PCB spokesman said.

    The criteria for the domestic players, who could qualify for the scheme, other than the central contracted players of the domestic six teams, is that a player must have played in 2018-19 domestic season besides having played 15 first-class matches since 2014-15 season.

    Apart from the cricketers, 94 groundsmen also applied for the funds. Among the groundsmen, those are also included, who have been withdrawing some portion of their salaries from the PCB, while working on the defunct 16 regional associations’ strength, but later they were denied the monthly’s contribution last year, as the PCB had finished the regional’s set up. Besides cricketers and groundstaff, 31 scorers, 20 umpires and one match referee also qualified for the scheme.

    “All the qualifiers will get their dues within five working days after the end of the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays,” the spokesman said.

    It may be mentioned that the 15 first-class cricketers will get Rs25,000. umpires and referee Rs 15,000 and scorers and groundstaff Rs10,000 each.

    The PCB spokesman said that all who had qualified for the scheme had already been informed that they would get the funds after the Eid.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1559537/on...welfare-scheme


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    Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provided financial assistance and has sent checks to match officials, cricketers suffering through the financial crisis, ARY Sports reported.

    PCB through its welfare fund sent checks to 161 cricketers, 93 groundsmen, 20 umpires, and one match-referee.

    “We acknowledge your past participation in cricket activities and has introduced a scheme to help you in difficult financial situations,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan’s letter to beneficiaries.

    “Hopefully this vulnerable situation and your problems will end soon. We are united and the PCB will continue to support you despite having limited resources,” he added.

    It must be noted that yesterday, Wasim Khan and Chief Operating Officer Barrister Salman donated PKR 1.5m and PKR 0.5m respectively in the welfare fund.

    https://arysports.tv/pcb-sends-check...fering-crisis/


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    161 stakeholders benefit from PCB’s welfare scheme

    • Stakeholders from 51 cities, including Chaghi, Dadu, Dera Murad Jamali, Layyah and Mardan, took advantage of the scheme

    • 93 grounds staff, 31 scorers, 21 match officials and 16 first-class cricketers receive financial relief as per the eligibility criteria

    Lahore, 8 June 2020: As many as 161 key stakeholders of Pakistan cricket benefitted from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s one-off welfare initiative, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed today after the payment process was completed on Monday.

    The initiative was launched last month to provide financial relief to first-class cricketers, match referees, scorers and grounds staff facing hardships due to an abrupt halt on cricket activities following the Covid-19 outbreak. This had resulted in the loss of additional income opportunities for these stakeholders during Ramadan after the government announced suspension of all sport activities and events during to the pandemic.

    The beneficiaries from the PCB’s scheme hail from 51 cities, including far-flung areas such as Chaghi, Dadu, Dera Murad Jamali, Hub, Layyah, Mardan, Thatta and Turbat.

    The PCB has provided support to 93 grounds staff, 31 scorers, 21 match officials and 16 first-class cricketers through the scheme under the following criteria:

    • First-class cricketers who featured in the 2018-19 season and have played at least 15 first-class matches in the past five seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19

    • Match officials and scorers who have officiated in PCB-organised events over the past two seasons

    • Grounds staff that had been employed by the now defunct regional/district cricket associations before 1 January 2013 (should have approximately eight years of service)

    *Those falling in the aforementioned categories should have been unemployed

    Consequently, first-class cricketers, meeting the above criteria, received PKR25,000 each, followed by the match officials PKR15,000 and, the scorers and ground staff PKR10,000 each.

    Expressing his satisfaction, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “It was important for PCB to continue to lead through its actions at this difficult time”.

    “Most of the people who have benefitted from this initiative are the ones who were previously associated with the cricket board and as a responsible organisation we strongly believe that it was binding on us to provide whatever assistance we could”.

    “While these payments may be a token of support, we have attempted to reach as many as possible to minimise the financial blow in these difficult and unprecedented times.”

    Earlier, the PCB contributed over PKR10million in collaboration with the centrally contracted cricketers and staff in Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund. The board also offered to turn the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre in Karachi into a sanctuary for the paramedic staff on duty in the makeshift hospital at Expo Centre.

    Separately, PCB Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer made contributions to Chairman’s Welfare Fund late last week.


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    Lahore: Ground staff from across the country seek Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Patron-in-Chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s help in resolving their salary issue.

    As many as 250 employees of various cares, positions have collaboratively written a letter to PM Khan requesting him to take their salary issue under consideration. “Our salaries are due since December 2019 which has caused financial crisis for us,” the letter read.

    The letter said that the stoppage was temporary as the cricket board dissolved all cricket bodies across the country in August 2019. But, since no new bodies are formed, they are deprived of salaries since January 2020.

    It must be noted here that PCB revamped domestic structure in 2019, dissolving departments and other cricket bodies in the country. Last month, the cricket body revealed a model constitution to set a path for clubs and cricket bodies to resume.



    https://arysports.tv/pcbs-groundstaf...pm-imran-khan/


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    LAHORE: The sufferings of the poor ground staff working at various cricket grounds in the city of Lahore are increasing with each passing day due to the closure of the grounds and lack of any activity whatsoever in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The miseries of the ground staff began when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took a harsh decision of dissociating around 240 groundsmen and curators working across the country with their respective regional cricket associations. These ground staffers were getting some portion of their monthly salaries from the Board besides getting salaries from their respective regions.

    Now as things stand, all the 16 regional bodies have been made defunct by the PCB following its newly amended constitution which was implemented in August 19, 2019.

    Though some organisers continued working after cutting the staff strength to half, the Covid-19 pandemic has finally resulted in complete closure of the playgrounds, ending the lone source of income for the organizers to earn money which they did by renting out their grounds for the local tournaments. This situation has made it almost impossible for the organisers to bear the burden of the staff left. Some groundsmen working at the LCCA ground, while expressing their grievances, could not hold back their tears as they did not get their salaries for the month of June due to the closure of the grounds and lack of any sports activity due to Covid-19.

    A spokesman of LCCA said that though the management had been paying the salaries to staff including the ground staff from its reserves, now that system has ended. “Until the resumption of activities at the grounds, the LCCA has no other source from where to pay the salaries and we feel sorry for the affected staff,” the spokesman said.

    The spokesman said that the government should also consider devising specialised SOPs in order to resume sports activities as the situation is becoming bad to worse for the players, coaches, trainers, ground staff and others due to Covid-19 situation.

    There are more than 30 cricket grounds available in the city of Lahore and a good number for other sports like hockey and football which are also closed due to pandemic. But as the sports community is not protesting hard enough over the situation, the government is not showing any interest to prepare SOPs for it and reopen this important sector of the society.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1569239/la...r-ground-staff


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