Afridi ,Younis among cricketers warned on tax evasion

By AFP
Published: November 2, 2012
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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi among four players hit with tax demands totalling more than three quarters of a million dollars. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi among four players hit with tax demands totalling more than three quarters of a million dollars. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captains Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan were among four players hit with tax demands totaling more than three quarters of a million dollars on Friday, officials said.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said it had issued notices to Afridi, Younis, Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq for evading taxes of 80 million rupees ($825,000), ordering them to pay up within two weeks. “Notices have been served to four players — Afridi, Younis, Razzaq and Umar — as they have not given taxes on their match fees, annual contracts and endorsement fees and they are asked to reply within the stipulated time,” said an FBR spokesman.

Test captain Misbahul Haq, Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz were all warned over tax evasion in June this year, the spokesman said, but refused to give further details. Pakistan’s tax revenues are among the lowest in the world at just 9.8 percent of GDP in fiscal year 2010-2011, according to the Asian Development Bank, and less than two percent of the population pays tax on their income.

By Pakistani standards, top cricketers earn handsome sums in annual central contracts, endorsements and match fees, with Afridi topping the list. Younis, Afridi and Umar are all in category ‘A’ of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s central contracts, earning 313,000 rupees ($3,200) in monthly salaries. Top Pakistan players also get match fees of $4,000, Test fees of $3,800 for a one-day and $2,900 for a Twenty20 international.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • joy
    Nov 2, 2012 - 6:46PM

    just for record…..M.S.Dhoni paid INR 18 crores as advance rpt advance income tax…the final figure will be much more…………….

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  • Khurram
    Nov 2, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Anyway Afridi did the Hajj recently and in Pakistan it is a Blasphemy to point fingers at any Haji Sahib or any Haji Sahiba so this matter of Tax evasion must be closed at the earnest.

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  • Syed
    Nov 2, 2012 - 7:34PM

    This tax evasion issue should really be sorted out. All of these players, politicians, and influential people should pay every rupee they owe or penalized them severely. Imagine what our country could do with all that tax money.

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  • Lobster
    Nov 2, 2012 - 7:50PM

    To absolve from tax evasion Haj doesn’t suffice, one need to do tawaf of the house someone powerful in FBR (or better PPP)

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  • abdul
    Nov 2, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Lol and boht Khans perofrmed sevearl Hajj adn Omra’s

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 2, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Many players face bad patches in their careers and some players like Afridi have few good moments in their entire career but Tax evasion is a crime which cannot be tolerable.

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  • Nov 2, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @Khurram:
    Do not make fun of the law of Blasphemy. It is our faith and making fun of faith is understood.

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  • Blithe
    Nov 2, 2012 - 10:29PM

    @Khurram:
    A typical troll who will defend the indefensible

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 3, 2012 - 12:22AM

    These player should pay tax as soon as possible. They always talk of higher moral grounds so please clear your names before more is exposed.Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa
    Nov 4, 2012 - 4:15AM

    Lobster, I am sure you are not a Pakistan or a Muslim, the hateful comment that you have left proves so. So next time, rather put your name which may be Santosh or Sooraj.

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