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    PCB announces massive pay hike for Pakistanís domestic cricketers

    A+ category domestic player can earn over PKR3million

    • D category player has an opportunity to earn more than what players received last season

    • “PCB generates its funds and revenues through cricket and it is appropriate that a large chunk of these funds are reinvested into development and cricketers,” says Nadeem Khan

    Lahore, 8 September 2020:

    The philosophy of professionalism and its connection with performance, which, in turn, provides big rewards and incentives to the best-performing cricketers, is the essence of the 2020-21 domestic cricket season, which commences on 30 September.

    Once the lowly paid top domestic cricket performers now have the opportunity to earn as high as PKR3.2million, which is 83 per cent more than 2019-20, and as low as PKR1.8million, still a seven per cent increase from what the players in the highest category received last year.

    These player earnings can been calculated following the announcement of the 2020-21 domestic cricket schedule, that provides the best of the best cricketers the opportunity to feature in all 10 National T20 Cup, 10 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and 10 Pakistan Cup matches.

    With each of the 10 A+ category players to receive PKR150,000 as monthly retainer for 12 months and a match fee of PKR40,000 for National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup each, and PKR60,000 for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, players maintaining and displaying high levels of professionalism throughout the season will earn PKR3.2million.

    And, this doesn’t stop here. Players can increase their earnings if they reach the finals, which will guarantee them additional match fee as well as share in the prize moneys.

    Similarly, monthly retainer of D category domestic players is PKR40,000 but they will get the same match fee as the highest category player. This, in turn, means any D category player who features in all the 30 First XI league matches will earn PKR1.8million. These numbers will increase if a player’s side reaches the finals as this will mean more matches and share in prize moneys.

    This earning is more than seven per cent of what domestic contracted players received in the 2019-20 season. Last year, all the domestic contracted First XI players had received a flat monthly retainer of PKR50,000 and match fee of PKR40,000 for white-ball cricket and PKR75,000 for red-ball cricket.

    Director - High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “While finalising the 2020-21 domestic calendar, we not only had an eye on the three global white-ball events, we were also mindful that we had to improve our contracts that must benefit the players financially and encourage them to further raise the levels of their fitness and form so they can also stake claims in the franchise and national sides.

    “The PCB is aware that Pakistan cricketers are not the highest-paid in the world, but it is our endeavour to slowly and gradually improve their contracts so that they can get best returns for their talent and also plan their futures.

    “PCB generates its funds and revenues through cricket and it is appropriate that a large chunk of these funds are reinvested into development and cricketers.

    “I am confident that domestic cricketers will see these enhancements as a morale and confidence booster, and they will not only aim to perform better than last year but this will introduce an element of competition between these players in pursuit of improved contracts next year.”

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    Top domestic cricketers stand a chance to earn as much as PKR 3.2 million (Rs14 lakh INR) over the course of the season, including a monthly retainer of PKR 150,000 (Rs 66k INR) according to a revamped pay structure announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday.

    Ahead of the 2020-21 season, which begins on September 30, the country’s cricket board announced a new pay structure which will see domestic players earning “more than seven per cent” of what they received in the 2019-20 season.

    “Once the lowly paid top domestic cricket performers now have the opportunity to earn as high as PKR3.2million, which is 83 per cent more than 2019-20, and as low as PKR1.8million, still a seven per cent increase from what the players in the highest category received last year,” PCB said in a release on Tuesday.

    “With each of the 10 A+ category players to receive PKR150,000 as monthly retainer for 12 months and a match fee of PKR40,000 for National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup each, and PKR60,000 for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, players maintaining and displaying high levels of professionalism throughout the season will earn PKR3.2million.” The Board also said that “monthly retainer of D category domestic players is PKR40,000 but they will get the same match fee as the highest category player”, which means “any D category player who features in all the 30 First XI league matches will earn PKR1.8million.”

    The players can take home an even higher paycheck if they can “increase their earnings if they reach the finals, which will guarantee them additional match fee as well as share in the prize money”.

    Last year, the monthly retainer of all domestic contracted first XI players was PKR50,000, while match fee was PKR40,000 for white-ball cricket and PKR75,000 for red-ball cricket.

    “The PCB is aware that Pakistan cricketers are not the highest-paid in the world, but it is our endeavour to slowly and gradually improve their contracts so that they can get best returns for their talent and also plan their futures,” PCB Director - High Performance, Nadeem Khan said.

    “PCB generates its funds and revenues through cricket and it is appropriate that a large chunk of these funds are reinvested into development and cricketers.

    “I am confident that domestic cricketers will see these enhancements as a morale and confidence booster, and they will not only aim to perform better than last year but this will introduce an element of competition between these players in pursuit of improved contracts next year.”

    The 2020-21 and enhanced monthly retainer structure is: Category A+ = 10 players, PKR150,000 per month (66k INR) Category A = 38 players, PKR85,000 per month (37K INR) Category B = 48 players, PKR75,000 per month (33k INR) Category C = 72 players, PKR65,000 per month (28k INR) Category D = 24 players, PKR40,000 per month. (17.5k INR).

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...qnaWmWnpM.html


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    Great news for guys from humble backgrounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Top domestic cricketers stand a chance to earn as much as PKR 3.2 million (Rs14 lakh INR) over the course of the season, including a monthly retainer of PKR 150,000 (Rs 66k INR) according to a revamped pay structure announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday.

    Ahead of the 2020-21 season, which begins on September 30, the countryís cricket board announced a new pay structure which will see domestic players earning ďmore than seven per centĒ of what they received in the 2019-20 season.

    ďOnce the lowly paid top domestic cricket performers now have the opportunity to earn as high as PKR3.2million, which is 83 per cent more than 2019-20, and as low as PKR1.8million, still a seven per cent increase from what the players in the highest category received last year,Ē PCB said in a release on Tuesday.

    ďWith each of the 10 A+ category players to receive PKR150,000 as monthly retainer for 12 months and a match fee of PKR40,000 for National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup each, and PKR60,000 for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, players maintaining and displaying high levels of professionalism throughout the season will earn PKR3.2million.Ē The Board also said that ďmonthly retainer of D category domestic players is PKR40,000 but they will get the same match fee as the highest category playerĒ, which means ďany D category player who features in all the 30 First XI league matches will earn PKR1.8million.Ē

    The players can take home an even higher paycheck if they can ďincrease their earnings if they reach the finals, which will guarantee them additional match fee as well as share in the prize moneyĒ.

    Last year, the monthly retainer of all domestic contracted first XI players was PKR50,000, while match fee was PKR40,000 for white-ball cricket and PKR75,000 for red-ball cricket.

    ďThe PCB is aware that Pakistan cricketers are not the highest-paid in the world, but it is our endeavour to slowly and gradually improve their contracts so that they can get best returns for their talent and also plan their futures,Ē PCB Director - High Performance, Nadeem Khan said.

    ďPCB generates its funds and revenues through cricket and it is appropriate that a large chunk of these funds are reinvested into development and cricketers.

    ďI am confident that domestic cricketers will see these enhancements as a morale and confidence booster, and they will not only aim to perform better than last year but this will introduce an element of competition between these players in pursuit of improved contracts next year.Ē

    The 2020-21 and enhanced monthly retainer structure is: Category A+ = 10 players, PKR150,000 per month (66k INR) Category A = 38 players, PKR85,000 per month (37K INR) Category B = 48 players, PKR75,000 per month (33k INR) Category C = 72 players, PKR65,000 per month (28k INR) Category D = 24 players, PKR40,000 per month. (17.5k INR).

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...qnaWmWnpM.html
    Which players are awarded A+ contracts?


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    Good. About time professional Athletes start making a more than decent living in Pakistan

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    Good news.

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    Good move from PCB.

    These players are professional cricketers and they deserve to be paid well.



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    Awesome stuff... surprised this thread doesnt have more posts... this will allow more players to stay in cricket as it can be seen as an actual career eith decent pay instead of players getting disheartened and leaving cricket after failing to break into the international side. Hopefully it increases the quality of players coming through the ranks!

    I'd rather the players take PCB revenue than the fat cats in suits who contribute nothing despite taking home salaries!

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    First class match feee is still too low

    Should be at least more than double the amount. This season it could be justified due to COVID but should increase next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    First class match feee is still too low

    Should be at least more than double the amount. This season it could be justified due to COVID but should increase next year
    I don't know bro 75k rupees for 4 days of work sounds pretty good.

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    Good to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    I don't know bro 75k rupees for 4 days of work sounds pretty good.
    Not at all for an elite professional cricketers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    I don't know bro 75k rupees for 4 days of work sounds pretty good.
    That's less than $500. Still too low but any improvement is welcome.

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    3.2m rupees is the upper limit which is around £14.8k maximum which really is not good enough.

    English County cricket has a minimum salary of £27.5k for any professional over 21. English players playing at international level are earning anywhere between £300,000 to over £1m. Add in IPL contracts and they can double their annual earnings.

    Overall, I feel it is a positive move for the players and the sport in the country. It will help to attract more people to the sport but they really need to bridge the gap.

    I also think the poor salaries are a key contributing factor as to why players find themselves involved in spot fixing etc.

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    People talking about salaries in Eng and Aus should also mention the living expenses in those countries. Its not as direct a comparison as being made out. Comparison will be better suited to Srl or BD. India has lot of money including corporate money involved in cricket which again isnt comparable at this time.

    At the same time there is no denying that its good to have this much needed increase and hopefully it continues to go up in coming years.
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    Some welcome changes have been done by the current PCB management in domestic cricket as well as at high performance level. Results will hopefully appear in 3-5 years. Would love to see some visible initiatives at grassroots level an school/collage cricket level.

    At the same time some decisions and results at international level havent been as slick.
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    Players are complaining their medicals were paid by the departments, the PCB should offer the same facility to them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpachi View Post
    3.2m rupees is the upper limit which is around £14.8k maximum which really is not good enough.

    English County cricket has a minimum salary of £27.5k for any professional over 21. English players playing at international level are earning anywhere between £300,000 to over £1m. Add in IPL contracts and they can double their annual earnings.

    Overall, I feel it is a positive move for the players and the sport in the country. It will help to attract more people to the sport but they really need to bridge the gap.

    I also think the poor salaries are a key contributing factor as to why players find themselves involved in spot fixing etc.
    You need to keep in mind the financial situation of other countries as well , PCB isnt a very rich board and per capita income of pakistan is 8 times less than that of uk. For a change its a very good step and should be appreciated.


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    75k is not bad for someone in Pakistan. I think many first class cricketers from humble backgrounds would gladly take this 75K amount.

    I think if you are a starter in a bank in Pakistan you usually start with around 30k per month. So in comparison to that 75K isn't that bad in Pakistan.

    Cricketers not selected by their respective regions those are the ones truly suffering with no penny at all.


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    Step in the right direction, what they need to do is provide free medical cover for all


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    Quote Originally Posted by salman24 View Post
    That's less than $500. Still too low but any improvement is welcome.
    $500 for just one match. There are 10 FC matches in the season, there are also other domestic competitions [National T20 Cup (40k per match, 10 matches), Pakistan Cup (60k per match, 10 matches)] on top of the monthly contract they are already getting which goes up to 150k per month. 75k for a single match is a boatload.

    Yes it is less than $500, but that is irrelevant. Last time I checked these Pakistani players are spending money in Pakistan, where Rupees are the currency. PCB generates money in Rupees, the players will spend money in Rupees, who cares what it ends up being in USD?

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    Nobody can complain that the PCB don't put their money where their mouth is. For a board based in a country where billions of $ is lost to corruption, these guys have proven they aren't afraid to open a chequebook.

    Whether it's smart spending is another story, but i applaud the PCB for at least trying. We could easily see a money grabbing board.

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    step in the right direction, should be complimented by serious performance bonuses.

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    3.2 milion is more than enough.

    Most of people are complaining about this as not good enough. But more than enough in Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Not at all for an elite professional cricketers.
    A raise is better than no raise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    A raise is better than no raise.
    Could be a lot better

    These cricketers don't have long careers. Why do we compare their salries with normal careers? . 10 to 15 years career, injury risk, opportunity level is low, and no back up options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Could be a lot better

    These cricketers don't have long careers. Why do we compare their salries with normal careers? . 10 to 15 years career, injury risk, opportunity level is low, and no back up options.
    Getting into cricket is their choice, choosing to give up all other options is their choice, what these players decide to do with the money they get is their choice. Some people build and invest in their futures whereas others just spend on their immediate expenses without caring for their future

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    Look guys atleast pcb are actively trying to pay the cricketers better!

    Itís simple formula of economics once pcb attracts sponsor and hopefully more tv revenue for domestic cricket , the players can be paid more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afhan Ali View Post
    3.2 milion is more than enough.

    Most of people are complaining about this as not good enough. But more than enough in Pakistan.
    But it's not really a "salary" life of a professional athlete is short

    So money they make right know should be able to cover his retirement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Getting into cricket is their choice, choosing to give up all other options is their choice, what these players decide to do with the money they get is their choice. Some people build and invest in their futures whereas others just spend on their immediate expenses without caring for their future
    What if a bunch of talented cricketers think that they'll be better of doing an actual "job" so they quit cricket

    We lost a potential Wasim Akram, inzimam because we weren't paying enough

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    Good pay. But I foresee some issues. I donít see just enough incentive for wins here. There needs to be more.

    Also somehow the team managementís pay also needs to be tied to the results.

    In prior seasons Iíve heard that coaches played their favorites and not the best eleven so that these favorites could collect matches fees etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Good pay. But I foresee some issues. I don’t see just enough incentive for wins here. There needs to be more.

    Also somehow the team management’s pay also needs to be tied to the results.

    In prior seasons I’ve heard that coaches played their favorites and not the best eleven so that these favorites could collect matches fees etc
    You reakon then they could loose their job as coach or so on

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    PCB statement on 2020-21 domestic player contracts

    Lahore, 13 September 2020:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has reiterated that the domestic players are not required to resign from their parent departments to obtain contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season, which commences on 30 September with the National T20 Cup.

    “The PCB is neither asking the players to resign nor to cancel existing contracts with their departments if they are interested in securing player contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season.

    “All the PCB is asking from the employed and contracted cricketers, in accordance with applicable policies and SOPs, is for them to provide No Objective Certificates (NOC) from their departments so that they can be offered contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season. The issuance of such NOCs is part of the normal course of business; is not only a PCB requirement but that of the departments as well; and is, in fact, an established past practice.

    “Once the relevant NOC has been issued by the player’s parent organisation and submitted to the PCB, the PCB will make payments in accordance with the terms of the contract it has executed with the player,” the PCB said in a statement.

    The PCB has already explained that an employed cricketer is eligible for the 2020-21 domestic contract and the PCB will have no objection if the player’s parent organisation also pays him during the term of the 2020-21 domestic player contract.

    “An employed cricketer can be offered 2020-21 domestic contract provided that the player has submitted the relevant NOC issued by his employer to the PCB in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to such players.

    “Whether or not the player will be paid by the employer is a matter between the two entities.

    The PCB has further explained that two types of contracts will be offered to the high-performing domestic players.

    “A maximum of 32 players in each Cricket Association will be offered domestic central contracts, while the remaining players will be offered a seasonal contract.

    “Under the domestic contract, a player will be bound by the obligations of the domestic central contract and will receive a monthly retainer along with match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc. wherever applicable.

    “Under the seasonal contract, a player will be bound by the same obligations as those prescribed under the domestic central contract but will not receive monthly retainer. Such players, however, will be eligible to receive match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc. wherever applicable.”

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    FAQs on 2020-21 Domestic Contracts

    Questions: What are the men’s domestic events for the 2020-21 season?
    Answer: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament

    Question: What are the types of contracts?
    Answer: There are two types of contracts. A maximum of 32 players in each CA will be offered domestic central contracts, while the remaining players will be offered a seasonal contract.

    Question: What are the domestic central contract and seasonal contract?
    Answer: Under the domestic contract, a player will have the bindings of the domestic central contract and will receive a monthly retainer along with match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc wherever applicable.

    Under the seasonal contract, a player will have the same bindings as per the domestic central contract but will not receive monthly retainer, however will be eligible to receive match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc wherever applicable.

    Question: Can an employed player be offered a contract?
    Answer: Yes, provided that the player has submitted the relevant NOC from his employer to the PCB in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to such players. Players signing a seasonal contract are not required to provide an NOC.

    Question: Can a player draw salaries from the PCB and his employer?
    Answer: Once the relevant NOC has been issued by the player’s parent organisation and submitted to the PCB, the PCB will make payments in accordance with the terms of the contract executed with the player.

    Whether or not the player will be paid by the employer is a matter between the two entities.

    Question: What will be the term of the contracts?
    Answer: The contracts will run from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021

    Question: Can a player feature in the 2020-21 domestic season without signing a contract?
    Answer: To be eligible to play in the 2020-21 season, each player will have to sign a contract, either a domestic or seasonal contract. The CA will be allowed to replace a player who refuses to sign the contract.

    Question: What will be the process of acquiring NOCs for players (for participation in foreign cricket leagues/tournaments) with domestic contracts?
    Answer: As per clause 3.2 of the PCB NOC Guide 2020, player/agent will directly request an NOC from his domestic team head coach.

    Question: What was the selection process?
    Answer: Each Cricket Association (CA) selected 45 players for the full length of the 2020-21 season. In addition, PCB centrally contracted players were divided amongst the six CAs. A squad consisting 16 players for each First XI and Second XI teams will be announced before the start of each tournament. Additional players can be utilised and the players can be interchanged between the two teams.

    Question: What was the selection criterion?
    Answer: Head coaches, in consultation with the other coaches, selected the 45 players. Selection was done from a pool of players provided by the PCB. While finalising the players, the performances of the 2019-20 season remained priority.

    Question: What is the pool of players?
    Answer: Players who participated in the following tournaments formed the pool of players:
    • Players who participated in the season of 2019-20.
    • Players who participated in the first class season of 2018-19.
    • Players who participated in the One Day tournament of 2018-19 season.
    • Players who participated in the U-19 season of 2019-20 (Three Day and One Day).
    • Players who participated in the U-19 season of 2018-19 (Three Day and One Day).
    • Players who have represented Pakistan U-19 within the past five year.
    • Players who have played for PCB emerging teams, within the last 2 two years.
    • Players who have played in HBL PSL.
    • Renowned international players who are trying to make a comeback or can foreseeably convert their experience to the youngsters.
    • Players who participated in Patron & QET Grade 2 season 2018-19.

    Question: What was the process for player transfers?
    Answer: Each coach retained maximum players from the season 2019-20. From these retained players, the coaches transferred players amongst the six Cricket Associations to ensure maximum local representation and to enhance competition.

    Question: What is the percentage of players retained from the last season?
    Answer: Balochistan 72 per cent, Central Punjab 75 per cent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 75 per cent, Sindh 85 per cent, Southern Punjab 70 per cent and Northern 72 per cent

    Question: What is the average age of each of the six squads?
    Answer: Balochistan 27, Central Punjab 26, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 26, Northern 25, Sindh 25 and Southern Punjab 26

    Question: What are the revised monthly retainers for the 2020-21 season?
    Answer: The new and enhanced monthly retainer structure is:

    • Category A+ = 10 players, PKR150,000 per month
    • Category A = 38 players, PKR85,000 per month
    • Category B = 48 players, PKR75,000 per month
    • Category C = 72 players, PKR65,000 per month
    • Category D = 24 players, PKR40,000 per month

    The categories will be decided in due course after discussions with the national selection committee.

    Question: Why centrally and emerging players not offered domestic contracts?
    Answer: Like 2019-20 and as per international practices, PCB’s centrally and emerging contracted players have not been offered domestic contracts. However, they will receive match fees and daily allowances, and will also have share in the prize money.

    Question: What is the fee structure for the 2020-21 season?
    Answer: In addition to the revised monthly retainers, the players will also be paid match fees as per the following structure (in PKR):

    4-day
    1st XI FC 3-day
    2nd XI 50-over
    1st XI 50-over
    2nd XI T20
    1st XI T20
    2nd XI 3-day
    1st U19 50-over
    U19
    Playing XI 60,000 25,000 40,000 15,000 40,000 15,000 10,000 5,000
    Reserves 24,000 10,000 16,000 6,000 16,000 6,000 4,000 2,000


    Question: What will happen if the total number of central contracts is less than 32 per team?
    Answer: If a player, who has been offered, a domestic central contract but fails to sign it for any reason, then he will be offered a seasonal contract. The same contract may not be trickled down to a player who is not part of the initial 32 players who were offered a domestic central contract.

    Question: How many new players will be offered domestic central contracts?
    Answer: A total of 34 new domestic central contracts will be offered. A total of 158 players from last season’s domestic central contracts list have been retained.

    Question: How will the players signing a seasonal contract will be remunerated?
    Answer: Players signing a seasonal contract will receive match fee, daily allowances other related benefits etc wherever applicable.

    Question: What will be the process for media interviews/interactions?
    Answer: As per last year, all requests for media interviews will be routed through the team manager. Until the team managers have been appointed, PCB media team will facilitate all requests

    Question: Will Covid-19 SOPs followed in the 2020-21 domestic season?
    Answer: Yes, Domestic Covid-19 Protocols will be shared in due course.



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    This should put to rest the Hafeez conspiracy theorists - had nothing to gain and offered up his contract to a youngster. Good move with good intentions, as far as I can tell.

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    Umar Gul who is on the PCB Cricket Committee is unhappy with the money being offered by the PCB and says he himself was struggling to meet his monthly expenses under this new structure and that the PCB should allow the departments back into domestic cricket.

    Why don't the departments wilfully sponsor a regional side? The PCB isn't stopping them from playing their own ODI and T-20 tournaments but they just won't be giving first class status.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Umar Gul who is on the PCB Cricket Committee is unhappy with the money being offered by the PCB and says he himself was struggling to meet his monthly expenses under this new structure and that the PCB should allow the departments back into domestic cricket.

    Why don't the departments wilfully sponsor a regional side? The PCB isn't stopping them from playing their own ODI and T-20 tournaments but they just won't be giving first class status.
    -Wasim Khan has failed to bring any sponsor.

    -There has been no grassroot cricket.

    I will give Wasim 3/10 so far for his performance
    Last edited by shah_1; 14th September 2020 at 12:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

    Pakistani journalism, especially sports journalism is in the gutter. Garbage reporters with garbage journalistic ethics.


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