The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed the details of the monthly remuneration for national team players under the new central contracts for the 2022-23 season. Players have been categorized into four groups (A, B, C, and D) based on their contracts, and each category has a specific monthly salary.
- Category A players, which include Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, will receive approximately Rs. 6 million per month.
- Category B players, such as Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, and Shadab Khan, will earn Rs. 4.1 million per month.
- Category C players, represented by Imad Wasim and Abdullah Shafique, will be paid Rs. 1.75 million per month.
- Category D players, which include several individuals like Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Shan Masood, will receive Rs. 1.13 million per month.
Additionally, the monthly remuneration for players includes 3% of the revenue received by the PCB from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The new contracts also come with increased match fees for players:
- A 50% increment in Test match fees.
- A 25% increment in One Day International (ODI) match fees.
- A 12.5% increment in Twenty20 International (T20I) match fees.
The centrally contracted players who participate in domestic cricket will receive 50% of the international match fee for their domestic matches. Furthermore, players will be allowed to participate in two foreign leagues during each season.
The central contracts have a three-year tenure, with the financial model fixed for the term. Player performances will be reviewed annually. These contracts came into effect on July 1, 2023, following the expiration of the previous central contract cycle on June 30.
The PCB successfully negotiated the central contracts deal with its senior players, and the new structure aims to promote fairness and transparency in the selection process by merging red-ball and white-ball national contracts.