Fund-crunch PCB to embark on cost cutting exercise

Suffering from one of its worst financial turmoil, the PCB has decided to embark on a cost cutting exercise in its domestic cricket programme.

updated: March 15, 2009 10:44 IST
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Suffering from one of its worst financial turmoil, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to embark on a cost cutting exercise in its domestic cricket programme.

According to details players, umpires and match referees taking part in the ongoing national one-day championship were unhappy at learning that the PCB is planning to reduce the match fees and daily allowances considerably.

"Before we used to get Rs 5000 as fees per match and Rs 1000 as daily allowance, both now have been reduced," a player told PTI on condition of anonymity.

He said the PCB had decided to reduce the match fees to Rs 2500 and daily allowance to just Rs 500.

In a similar exercise, the board has also cut the umpires and match referees' fees for the national one-day tournament by approximately Rs 1000 per match.

The PCB subsidises the major part of the costs incurred on domestic competitions involving the regional association teams while the departments and banks are supposed to take care of their own expenses.

"It is not just domestic cricket where the board is trying to cut costs the exercise is also being applied in administration and salaries of employees," he said.

The PCB has said it has lost considerable revenue due to the cancellation of India's tour to Pakistan in January and the relocation of the Champions Trophy from Pakistan.

Australia also pulled out of a Test tour last year, leaving the PCB counting its losses because of the volatile security situation in the country.

Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) has assured the PCB of paying the hosting fees of USD 2.75 million for the Champions Trophy wherever it is held this year, but new hosts South Africa are challenging the payment to Pakistan.

Interestingly, even when the four-day first class competitions were held earlier in the season, the PCB had cut the match fees and daily allowances of players to Rs 10,000 from around Rs 15 and Rs 20,000.

The former Director-General of PCB, Javed Miandad had said he would ensure that the players are paid more for the domestic first class games, but he resigned suddenly without implementing his proposals.

Players have also complained that they have still not received their dues from their new central contracts plus their share of an annual logo sponsorship deal the PCB has signed with Pepsi. The board is supposed to distribute 80 percent of the logo sponsorship deal to the cricketers.