PCB increases retainers, match fees for domestic players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the details of the domestic contract for the year 2022-23 in its 70th meeting on Saturday. which has also been approved by the Board of Governors (BOG). According to the board meeting, the list of contracted players will be published in due course and the contract will be effective from September 2022 to August 2023.

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In order to maintain the quality of domestic cricket and attract the country's star cricketers, Pakistan has once again increased the match fees of the country's domestic cricket competitions. Also the number of contracted players in domestic cricket has also increased.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the details of the domestic contract for the year 2022-23 in its 70th meeting on Saturday. which has also been approved by the Board of Governors (BOG). According to the board meeting, the list of contracted players will be published in due course and the contract will be effective from September 2022 to August 2023.
It may be noted that after Ramiz Raja was elected as the 34th chairman of the PCB in September last year, he announced an increase of Rs 100,000 for Pakistani cricketers under contract in domestic cricket in five categories. And today again the cricket board of the country has announced to increase the amount from the match fee of the domestic cricketers to various tournaments.
The match fee has been increased the most. The match fee hike was mainly aimed at attracting star cricketers and motivating them to maintain their standards. so that they may be in the category of domestic contracts.
The match fee of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been increased from PKR60,000 to PKR100,000. Whereas the match fee of Pakistan Cup and National T20 has been increased from PKR40,000 to PKR60,000 respectively. Apart from this, the players in the team who did not participate in the red and white ball matches will get PKR40,000 (an increase of PKR16,000) and an increase of PKR4,000 to PKR20,000.
Similarly, the match fee for non-first-class four-day Cricket Association Championship has been increased from PKR25,000 to PKR40,000. Whereas the white ball Cricket Association Challenge and CA T20 match fee has been increased from PKR15,000 to PKR25,000.
The overall player income will increase significantly after the increase in the number of domestic players and matches in the latest announced deal. For example, A Plus Category and Category D players can now earn between Rs 4.3 million and Rs 6.1 million respectively from domestic cricket. But for that it is important for the players to maintain the expected fitness and perform consistently so that they can participate in all league matches of National T20, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, and Pakistan Cup.
In this regard, PCB Director (High Performance) Nadeem Khan said “Domestic cricket is the backbone of Pakistan cricket and we need to continue to invest in it to make it a stronger and more attractive brand. In this relation, I am grateful to the BoG for supporting and approving the management’s recommendations.
“Already, the standard and quality of our domestic cricket, as acknowledged by our elite cricketers, has become challenging and competitive. This is following merit-based selections, quality playing facilities, excellent logistical arrangements, high-quality broadcast and extensive digital media coverage. I am sure these new financial incentives will take our domestic cricket forward and assist the PCB in further reducing the gap with international cricket.
“The retainers and match fees have been increased to motivate and inspire cricketers to work harder round-the-year to maintain the required and expected levels of fitness and form, which forms the basis of retaining places in the contract list. Besides, the new incentives will also encourage them to give preference to our tournament over foreign leagues. Needless to remind everyone, PCB domestic events are a pathway to selection in the national side.”