Cricket West Indies has come up with an innovative plan of paying their incentives to help their upcoming three-match T20I series in Pakistan to take place. Further, they are likely to pay around USD 25,000 as incentives to their players.
According to ESPNCricinfo, CWI will announce the squad for the Pakistan tour after the end of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifier. Meanwhile, shortest form of cricket is the best form to bring international cricket back in Pakistan.
Karachi will host the three-match T20I series on April 1, 2, and 3.
The report added that depending on the contract status of the players; they will go anywhere in between ’70 percent more and double what they would ordinarily get.’
Meanwhile, CWI will make the payment while Pakistan Cricket Board will provide it to CWI. PCB will make the extra payment as the proposed T20I series is outside the ICC FTP.
CWI supporting cricket to go back to Pakistan:
Johnny Grave, CEO of the Caribbean cricket board admitted that they are supporting cricket going back to Pakistan.
“Pakistan are looking to play more cricket at home, by playing half of the PSL in Pakistan next year and a number of matches in upcoming bilateral series under the current FTP. However what they can’t continue to do is pay international players additional fees to tour Pakistan or PSL,” Grave said to ESPNCricinfo
“So, considering this tour is outside the Future Tours Programme, the PCB have made a payment to CWI that is being fully utilised. CWI isn’t making any money from the series, just supporting cricket going back to Pakistan,” he added.
Previously, PCB paid Zimbabwe cricketers USD 12,500 each, when they toured Pakistan in 2015. Zimbabwe was the first team to visit Pakistan since he 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.
However, Sri Lankan cricketers received no money for the one-off T20I last year in Lahore. Meanwhile, PCB wants to end this practice.
PCB offered extra money to overseas players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to play in the tournament’s final at Lahore last year. Even the players of the ICC XI, which consisted many current and former players, received extra payment from PCB.