In a significant move to support and nurture cricket talent in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently allocated a substantial sum of Rs748.3 million in the annual budget for cricketers through central contracts. This financial boost also includes an additional Rs220.3 million contributed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), further enhancing the prospects of aspiring cricketers in the country. The decision to allocate these funds was officially approved during a recent meeting of the PCB management committee.
A Category – The Elite
1. Babar Azam
Babar Azam, the Pakistani cricket sensation, has been placed in the A category of central contracts. Under this contract, Babar Azam will receive a substantial sum of Rs6,030,000 per month, making him one of the highest-paid cricketers in Pakistan.
2. Mohammad Rizwan
Another star in the A category is Mohammad Rizwan, whose stellar performances have earned him a place among the elite. Rizwan, like Babar Azam, will be receiving Rs6,030,000 per month under his central contract.
3. Shaheen Afridi
Completing the trio of A category players is the young and talented Shaheen Afridi. Known for his fiery pace and impressive skills, Shaheen will also enjoy the financial benefits of his central contract, which amounts to Rs6,030,000 per month.
Category B – The Emerging Stars
4. Emerging Talents
The PCB recognizes the importance of nurturing emerging talents, and players in Category B are a testament to this commitment. Those in this category will receive a monthly payment of Rs4,147,500, a substantial boost to their cricketing careers.
Category C – Building the Foundation
5. Grassroots Development
Category C caters to the players who are building their foundation in the cricketing world. They will receive Rs1,765,000 on a monthly basis, which provides vital support during their early years as professional cricketers.
Category D – The Future
6. Investment in Youth
Lastly, Category D is designed to invest in the future of Pakistani cricket. Players in this category will receive Rs1,132,500 monthly, ensuring they have the necessary resources to develop their skills and make their mark in the sport.
The allocation of Rs748.3 million in central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board is a testament to their commitment to promoting and nurturing cricketing talent in the country. With top-tier players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi benefiting from these contracts, and emerging talents receiving their due, the future of Pakistani cricket looks promising.
For young cricketers, these central contracts provide not only financial stability but also the motivation to excel and represent their nation at the highest level. The PCB’s proactive approach to invest in the grassroots and emerging talents ensures a bright future for cricket in Pakistan.