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PCB accepts demands of senior players without central contracts

The senior players in the national side, without central contracts, were receiving category-C salaries

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accepted the demands of senior cricketers, who did not receive central contracts. The veteran players will now receive category-A match fees after representing the national side.

The senior players in the national side, without central contracts, were receiving category-C salaries. However, there will be no exemptions for financial losses faced by players who forgo lucrative league contracts for the national side.

Earlier, news had come to light that the PCB had not allowed veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to participate in the upcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL) for even a few days. Hafeez faced a loss of around Rs 10 million because of the decision.

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The PCB had previously paid category-C salaries, which amounted to Rs 2,02,950 to veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik along with veteran fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz during the Twenty20 International (T20I) matches that were played during the tour of England. The players had recorded silent protests for the same.

Players, who take part exclusively in limited-overs fixtures, had to depart for England earlier with the Test squad due to Covid-19 protocols. These players faced financial losses because of their inability to participate in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Many players are seeking remunerations if they leave lucrative league contracts for the national side which were not accepted by the PCB. However, the players will now receive a category-A salary for each match for the national side.

It should be noted that category-A players receive Rs 4,68,815 for each One-Day International (ODI) and Rs 3,38,250 for each T20I.

Malik and Hafeez are limited to Pakistan’s T20I side whereas Amir and Wahab take part in T20Is and ODIs. Amir and Malik were not included in the squad that will tour New Zealand in the upcoming series and will be taking part in the LPL.