Increased prize money, match fees in new domestic structure

Revamped season promises wealth of income for high-performing cricketers

Increased prize money, match fees in new domestic structure PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), through a press release, announced on Sunday that they will inject PKR 1 billion in the reformed domestic structure this season.

A heavy chunk from it has been allocated for the welfare of players by providing them unprecedented remunerations, based on enhanced retainers, match-fees, allowances, and prize money which can bring a spike by more than PKR2million in a player’s bank statement over the course of the upcoming season.

As per the new model, the six Cricket Associations will provide year-long contracts to 32 players each to provide them stable income. The 192 contracted players will earn PKR600,000 per annum on the basis of PKR50,000 monthly retainers.

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Previously, the regional cricketers at the first-class level were solely reliant on the match-fees.

The PCB, this season, has also bettered their per match remunerations. For the better understanding, a breakdown is provided below.

First XI

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (first-class)       Playing XI: 75,000

Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament       Playing XI: 40,000

National T20 Cup    Playing XI: 40,000

*All figures in PKR

The players turning out for the Cricket Associations’ second XIs, U19s, and city cricket associations will also see a rapid surge in their earnings.

Second XI

Non first-class tournament         Playing XI: 30,000

One-Day Cup            Playing XI: 15,000

T20 Cup         Playing XI: 15,000

*All figures in PKR

U19 sides      

Three-Day    Playing XI: 10,000 

One-Day        Playing XI: 5,000

*All figures in PKR

The 32 contracted players will also receive daily allowances, along with bed and breakfast in shape of three and four-star accommodations, lunches at the venues and economy-class flights (when traveling inter-province).

The prize money for the domestic events has also been increased manifold. The winning prize money for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been increased by 233 per cent, whereas there has been a surge of 150 and 100 per cent in the prize money of Pakistan Cup and National T20 Cup.

The winners of the country’s premier first-class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, will be awarded PKR10million and the runner-up will get PKR5million. Another PKR5million will be handed out to tournament’s top-performers and the man-of-the-final will take PKR 50,000 home.

The winners of the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament and the National T20 Cup will get PKR5million, and the runner-up will bag half of it. The man-of-the-final for both tournaments will be awarded PKR 35,000.

The top-performers for the apex one-day tournament will get a share from the pool of PKR 250,000. For the T20 tournament, it would be from PKR 100,000.