Pakistan Cricket Board raises players' salaries

Published: May 14, 2013
Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was lucky to retain his place in the "A" category. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was lucky to retain his place in the "A" category. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year.

The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday.

Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was lucky to retain his place in the “A” category after being dropped from the one-day squad for next month’s Champions Trophy in England and after retiring from Test cricket in 2010.

Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq, Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Younis Khan also retained their “A” category status.

The Pakistan Cricket Board keeps 21 players on central contracts in three categories, marked by three different scales for retainers and match fees.

“For the second consecutive year the players’ retainership fee has been increased by 15 percent,” a board statement said.

Spearhead Umar Gul, batsman Umar Akmal and spinner Abdul Rehman were demoted to “B” category after lacklustre performances last year.

Others in the “B” category are Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Shoaib Malik and Nasir Jamshed.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal regained his central contract after losing out last year and was placed in the “C” category along with Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Aizaz Cheema, Adnan Akmal, Faisal Iqbal and Ahmad Shahzad.

“The Test match fee for all categories has also been increased as well as the match fee for all formats by 10 percent from 2012,” the board said.

The increases give “A” category players a monthly salary of 359,375 rupees ($3,600) and a Test match fee of 440,000 rupees ($4,400).

“B” category players will get a monthly salary of 251,562 rupees and players in the “C” category, 143,750 rupees.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Yousaf Malik
    May 14, 2013 - 6:10PM

    WOW 359,375 rupees ($3,600) per month.

    The wiseguy who said “Perho Gy Likho Gy Banno Gy Nawab……” near heard of international cricket


  • May 14, 2013 - 6:16PM

    It is only fair to include Saeed Ajmal in the “A” category. He has been performing exceptionally well for many years now. And he is extremely effective in all formats.

    Ali Khan


    May 14, 2013 - 8:21PM

    @Yousaf Malik:
    Hey that pharse is ours. Paroge likhoge to hoge nawab … Kheloge koodoge to hoge kharab.
    My grand pa always used to say it while scolding me.





  • Dr Dang
    May 14, 2013 - 9:40PM

    Hope this helps to curb match fixing.


  • BLing BLing
    May 14, 2013 - 11:03PM

    They might as well raise their game now. It is the domestic players who suffer more, they deserve a raise more than them. They earn peanuts compared to these guys.


  • May 20, 2013 - 10:21AM

    This may give more morale to the players but it also means they must work even harder and will have the pressure of playing well in the team because if they don’t they will be replaced.


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