Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the award of its Players Central Contracts for the calendar year 2014 to 31 established and youngsters with an increase in remuneration.
The standout feature this year is that not only the monthly retainer has been substantively increased but also match fees for Test and ODI cricket have seen steep upward revision. The series win bonus and players’ share of the logo fee from the main sponsor (Pepsico, in this instance) too have been sizably enhanced.
“The PCB has enhanced the monthly retainer for all categories by 25 per cent. The remuneration for Test matches stands increased by 25 per cent, while for ODIs it is 10 per cent. The win bonus for series wins against the top three ICC ranked teams as well as India has been raised from 200 per cent to 250 per cent.
“The players’ share of the logo fee too has seen upward revision by 15 per cent, while some of the individual performance incentives have also been made more competitive”, said Moin Khan, chief selector and manager of the Pakistan team.
The revision in above remunerations shall be effective from January 1, 2014.
The committee that finalized the list of players being offered central contracts consisted of PCB’s Director International Cricket, Zakir Khan, manager of Team Pakistan as well as chief selector Moin Khan and Mohammad Akram.
“The committee took three factors into consideration while finalizing the list. These were form and performance, fitness level and future potential”, said Zakir Khan.
Category ‘A’ consists of five players including Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan.
Meanwhile, category ‘B’ is constituted by four players namely Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Umar Gul.
Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Abdul Rehman are placed in category ‘C’.
Category ‘D’ consists of 16 players namely Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shaan Masood, Mohammad Talha and Anwar Ali.
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