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PCB’s Central Contract Uplifts Player Salaries by 202%

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a new central contract for men’s players, which includes a staggering salary increase of up to 202%. This three-year contract, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026, is a significant step forward in recognizing and rewarding the country’s cricket talent.

The new contract is divided into four categories – A, B, C, and D – each offering a substantial pay rise. Category A includes three top players – Captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi – who will see their salaries surge by an impressive 202%.

In Category B, six cricketers – Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, and Shadab Khan – will enjoy a pay increase of 144%. Category C consists of two talented cricketers, Imad Wasim and Abdullah Shafiq, who will see their salaries rise by 135%. Lastly, Category D includes 14 cricketers who will witness a commendable salary growth of 127%.

However, several cricketers like Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Nouman Ali, Abid Ali, Yasir Shah, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdal Shah, Usman Qadir, and Zahid Mehmood have been left out from the central contract. On the other hand, Salman Ali Agha and Mohammad Haris have been promoted from the emerging category which has now been eliminated in this revamped central contract.

The PCB has emphasized that player performances will be reviewed every 12 months during the three-year contract period. In addition to the salary hike, match fees have also seen a major increase with Test match fees going up by 50%, ODI fees by 25%, and T20 fees by 12.5%.

In an encouraging move for players’ participation in domestic leagues worldwide, those included in the central contract will be allowed to play in two foreign leagues. Furthermore, they will receive 50% of the international match fee for participating in domestic cricket.

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