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Announcement of Central Contract of Pakistan Cricket Team, PCB will give separate money to prevent top players from playing in foreign leagues. Babar Azam will get captaincy allowance
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced separate central contracts for Test and limited overs for its players (PCB Central Contract), in which the amount has been increased. However, the PCB will try to stop its top players from playing in foreign leagues, for which it is also ready to pay extra. The PCB said that in the meeting of the Board of Governors, an annual budget of Rs 15 billion has been approved for the financial year 2022-23, of which 78 percent has been allocated for cricket activities. “As part of its strategy to encourage our top cricketers and reduce the pay gap compared to players from other countries, the Board of Governors has approved changes to the men’s central contract structure,” the PCB said in a statement.
Changes in PCB’s central contract
Under the new policy of central contract of PCB, separate contracts of red ball (Test) and white ball (ODI and T20) will be given from July 1, in which contract money will increase. Not only this, the number of centrally contracted players has been increased from 20 to 33. Apart from this, the PCB announced a 10 percent increase in match fees across all formats and 50 to 70 percent increase in the match fees of support staff members. In view of the additional responsibilities of the captain, captaincy allowance has also been started.
PCB wants to stop its players from playing in foreign leagues
PCB chairman Rameez Raja also announced at the press conference in Lahore that the board has also set up a special fund for current players who get offers to play in foreign leagues. Raja said, ‘We want to discourage our top players from playing in extra competitions outside the season. We think it would be better for the players not to play in these leagues. We are ready to pay them 50-60 per cent of the contract amount if required.