PCB To Reduce Number Of Players In The List Of Central Contracts
After missing out a slot in the semifinals of the tournament, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came up with the unique concept. They want to reduce the number of players in the contracts’ list, which would help them to save money. The board would like to use the money in improving the domestic structure.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to significantly reduce the number of players. They will be giving the central contracts later this month. The PCB last year in August had given 12-month central contracts to 33 players in different categories and interestingly only 10-12 players in the existing list have played for Pakistan.
”E” category will also be removed from the central contract, sources said. They added that it is the decision to reduce the number of players. It will help to increase the stipend, which was made by the cricket board’s managing director Wasim Khan.
Performance-based contracts will be given:
Sources said the new central contract will be awarded to 15 to 17 players who play all the three formats of the game. Recently, the PCB also reduced the number of national women players. They cut short central contracts from 15 to 10 but increased their monthly salaries and match fees.
The decision was taken such that because the players in the contract list are hardly playing for the country. So, the board wants to reduce the number significantly by using limited players.
“For example batsmen, Saad Ali, Rahat Ali Rumman Raees. Sahabzada Farhan, Umaid Asif, Talat Hussain, Mir Hamza, and Usman Salahuddin hardly played a few games here and there for the national team in different formats,” one source in the PCB pointed out.
“The idea is that central contracts should be given as incentives to players. And also, it should be performance-based contracts,” the source said.
Well, it is an interesting thought from the Pakistan Cricket Board. The new idea would certainly help the board, as they can concentrate on the quality of cricket in the domestic format.
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