The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally received their cash prize of Rs. 230 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for winning the Champions Trophy last month.
The board added that they are ready to distribute the amount among the players. The Asian giants defeated their arch-rivals India by a whopping 180 runs which saw them lift the Champions Trophy for the very first time. They bagged a prize money of $2,200,000 (approximately Rs.230 million) which was sent to PCB by the ICC without any tax cuts.
The money will be divided into 17 parts. While 16 players will receive the money, the last part will be divided among support staffs. As per estimates, each player is expected to bag a whopping 13.5 million while every member of the team management will hopefully receive Rs 10,00,000 each.
Pacer Wahab Riaz who was sent back to Pakistan after sustaining an injury during the opening game against India will also receive one part of the money. Besides this, the Prime Minister had promised Rs 10 million to the team who also happens to be the patron of PCB. Courtesy their victory, many individual performers also got prize money and gifts by different private organisations.
It was a brilliant performance by the Men in Green to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title. They were the outright underdogs coming into the tournament and no one really gave them a chance and after a thrashing at the hands of India in the opening game, the writing seemed to be on the wall.
But as they say, you can’t predict anything with Pakistan, it was the same case against South Africa. They bowled brilliantly and won the rain curtailed encounter to keep their hopes alive. In the next encounter, yet again the Sarfaraz Ahmed led side clinched a nail biting thriller after sliding down the barrel at a particular stage.
They were sensational in the semifinal against a much fancier England side and brushed them aside by eight wickets. It was yet again a clinical bowling performance but in the final, all three departments clicked together. After getting a lucky reprieve early on, Fakhar Zaman went on to smash a brilliant century which put India under immense pressure.
Mohammad Amir then came firing all cylinders to remove the top three Indian batsmen within no time and despite a valiant effort by Hardik Pandya India fell short by a huge margin of 180 runs.