Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced massive pay hike for its domestic cricketers ahead of 2020-21 season. The revamped pay structure for the domestic cricketers was announced on Tuesday and saw some major changes. This will help to boost the morale of the Pakistan cricketers playing the domestic tournaments.
The board said that the top domestic cricketers will be earning as much as PKR 3. 2 million (INR 14 lakh) which is 83 per cent more than the previous season. The official media release also mentioned that the lowest pay would be PKR 1.8 million which is a seven per cent increase from what the players received.
“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.”
Furthermore, 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”.
“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.
“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 revamped fee structure: 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).