Pakistan will host Zimbabwe for a limited-overs series this month in what will be the latter’s first visit to the nation since 2015. Pakistan will partake in three ODIs and as many T20Is from the 30th of October as they will launch their bid to qualify for the 2023 World Cup automatically. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed not paying the visiting team extra money to play in the country.
The PCB reportedly issued USD12,500 to every Zimbabwe player in 2015 while each member of the World XI received USD100,000 in 2017. The association also paid the West Indian side USD250,000 in 2018 to play three T20 internationals in 2018. Apart from that, the ICC remitted $1.2million over three years as part of its initiative for the resumption of cricket in Pakistan.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan told that they paid their counterparts between 2015 and 2018 since it was a correct move back then to build confidence amongst visiting players and cricket boards to bring back the sport in Pakistan. Nevertheless, at present, PCB is concentrating on building, developing, and enhancing their standing in the cricketing world.
“The PCB paid Zimbabwe, a World XI and West Indies players between 2015 and 2018. We believe that was the right move then and was done to build confidence in the visiting players, the cricket boards and to help revive cricket in Pakistan. However, the PCB has moved on very quickly from this. It is now focusing on building, developing and strengthening trust, confidence and credibility in the eyes of the cricketing world,” Khan stated as quoted by Pakistan Observer.
Pakistan Cricket Board will invest the funds in other areas: Wasim Khan
Wasim Khan conceded that enticing countries to tour the country by offering hefty amounts is behind them. Instead, the PCB will allocate those funds in women’s cricket, upgrading our infrastructure, strengthening the skills of domestic and international cricketers, and develop coaching programmes.
“The need to entice international players to Pakistan by offering handsome financial rewards is now firmly behind us. Instead, the PCB will invest these valuable funds into our women’s cricket, upgrading our infrastructure, improving domestic and international player contracts and developing world-class coach education programmes,” he added.