ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) think-tank has started a consultation process to set aside the required amount to increase the annual contract retainer fee in their annual budget of some top Pakistani cricketers, reports said Wednesday.
A well-placed source informed the publication that captain Babar Azam, head coach Saqlain Mushtaq, Director International Zakir Khan and Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim held virtual and on-spot meetings during the last two days to discuss the strength of cricketers for central contracts for the year starting from July 1.
Since the PCB is in the process of finalising the annual budget for the year 2022-23, currently it is analysing the amount of the budget to be earmarked for central and domestic contracts. Last year, 20 leading players were offered central contracts besides contracts offered to 191 domestic cricketers that included a number of cricketers receiving A plus category almost equal to the amount leading cricketers got for a central contract.
A source within the PCB said: “This is just an initial consultation process aimed at getting the feedback from leading protagonists as to what should be the total budget and what ideal criterion to award central and domestic contracts.
“Since the few weeks remain at our disposal, it is too early to decide on the total strength of the cricketers to be awarded contracts. It is just an initial discussion, aimed more at finalising the basics and setting the criteria rather than finalising it. More such meetings are expected in coming weeks before finalising how many cricketers have genuine right to earn the central contracts.”