Zaka Ashraf Raises Concerns About Low Salaries for Pakistani Players

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Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, has raised concerns about the underpayment of Pakistan’s national cricket team players.

This comes in the wake of the recent finalization of three-year central contracts for senior players, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026.

The new contracts categorize players into four groups, with significant increases in monthly retainers for each category, taking into account the revenue generated from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Category A, comprising three players, has witnessed a remarkable 202% increase in their monthly retainers. Category B, which includes six players, saw a substantial 144% rise in their earnings.

Meanwhile, Category C, with two players, received a notable 135% boost in their retainers, and Category D, encompassing 14 players, experienced a significant 127% increase.

Zaka Ashraf addressed the media on Monday and emphasized that there are no internal conflicts within the current Pakistan cricket team, which is actively participating in the ICC World Cup 2023 being held in India.

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Ashraf stated, “Pakistan’s cricketers are paid very less, there is no rift in the Pakistan team.” He further added, “These stories are only spread by those who are enemies of Pakistan cricket,” point out the need to address the issue of underpayment and the circulation of misleading information regarding the team.

In addition to concerns about player pay, Zaka Ashraf also discussed the recent resignation of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. He disclosed that a meeting had been scheduled with Inzamam-ul-Haq, but the former cricketer resigned before the meeting could take place.

Rumors had circulated suggesting that Inzamam-ul-Haq may have had a financial interest in a company owned by the players’ agent, Talha Rehmani. These developments have sparked discussions within the cricketing community and highlight the need for transparency and fair compensation within the sport.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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