No risk allowance for cricketers in England tour: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan has said the cricketers going on England tour won’t get risk allowance for their participation in the series as the situation and the financial imbalance both are hitting at the same time.
There was an assumption in certain quarters that Pakistan players should be paid additional money. Because bearing in mind the risks associated with touring England due to Covid-19 pandemic they deserve it.
While talking to media, Khan clarified that Pakistan cricketers earn substantial amounts. Therefore, their monthly retainers and match fess and paying extra money is not an option under consideration.
It must be noted, earlier this year, that the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani told a National Assembly standing committee meeting about paying the players. He said that the board paid each West Indies player around $25,000 to come for the tour in 2018.
This incident was not new as the PCB earlier paid Zimbabwe players $12,500 each when they became the first foreign team to tour Pakistan after the 2009 terrorist attack.
Although, Khan revealed that centrally contracted players will be provided family insurance as well. Earlier, the PCB only provided insurance cover for player injuries but now their wives and children will also be part of the policy only for the centrally contracted players. He added that, in the future, domestic cricketers will also be given insurance coverage.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan has clarified that the board will support the timely staging of the ICC T20 World Cup as long as it could ensure players’ safety. This year’s World Cup in Australia is likely to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and it would be grave news for all stakeholders.
All Cricket boards over the world and especially the ones already feeling the financially down like the PCB would be hit hard in case the money.
Therefore, it comes to no surprise when a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official announced his support for the T20 World Cup to be held as scheduled.