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Pakistan players can strike it rich

Karachi: The Pakistan cricket authorities have increased the financial rewards for the players in the new central contracts by linking good performances with special bonus.

Under the new central contract, if a senior player like Mohammad Yousuf plays in a one-day international against India and any of the top three teams in the ICC rankings, scores a century and his team wins, his total take-home from the game will be in the range of Rs. 1 million.

This is apart from the monthly retainer of Rs. 300,000 that Yousuf gets from his central contract.

“The players are the ones who bring in the money for the board and the game. So they must get some of the benefits but the better their performances and that of the team, the richer they can get,” said a senior official of the board.

Even a catch and run out in a match can now earn a player the bonus amount of Rs. 100,000 and it only increases with more catches and run-outs.

The board has even kept a bonus amount of 200 per cent of match fees if the team wins a Test or one-day series against the top three ICC teams and India.

The board official said this time instead of taking the seniority factor into consideration, the board had taken the performances of a player while putting him in different pay slabs in the central contracts. — PTI

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