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PCB reviews domestic match fees policy for centrally contracted players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly reviewed the domestic match fees policy for its centrally contracted players, according to which these players will now be entitled to the same match fee for playing domestic cricket like other cricketers.

Earlier, the PCB had announced that if a centrally contracted cricketer plays domestic cricket, he/she would be given 50 percent of the match fee, as per their central contract, for playing in a domestic cricket match.

As per reports, the board has taken this decision to attract cricketers, who have central contracts, to play in domestic cricket.

Reports however, suggested that the board has abruptly changed the policy. As per the new policy, players, who enjoy central contracts, will be paid the same amount of domestic match fees as everyone else.

“The PCB said it has ended the discrimination of perks and salaries at all levels with the new policy,” a PCB official was quoted as saying by Geo TV website.

“The PCB said that the seniority slab system to determine match fees was no longer applicable, adding that if the compensation for playing in international matches was the same then the same practice should also be adopted when it comes to domestic matches,” the report added.

Earlier on July 2, the PCB had announced the central contracts for its men’s team. In the new list, pacer Hassan Ali and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan were promoted to category A following their good shows in the recent past.

The PCB had announced the contracts after the Governing Board’s approval of the 2021-22 fiscal year’s budget, which will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

“It is an enhanced and performance-based central contract list 2021-22 for 20 elite male cricketers, including three emerging cricketers, in which match fee across all formats has been equalized,” the PCB statement had said.

The new list was finalised by the panel that comprised Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, chief selector Muhammad Wasim and Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan, who also consulted Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam as part of the process.

Meanwhile, the PCB had demoted former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to C category while Mohammad Hafeez was ignored from the list.

Moreover, the PCB  had also revised the renumeration packages of the players. After the revision, players in top category will get a 25 percent hike, however, there’s no increase in match fee for Test, ODI and T20Is.

Meanwhile, players in B category were also announced of a 25 percent raise while the Test match fee was increased by 15 percent, ODI match fee by 20 percent and T20I match fee by 25 percent.

On the other hand, players in C category were announced a 34 percent increase in Test match fee, 50 percent increase in ODIs and 67 percent rise in T20Is.

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan is currently touring Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series and a two-Test series.

The Green Brigade had recently won the T20I series 3-0 and will now face the hosts in the Test series with the first affair scheduled to begin on November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

The second Test will be held from December 4 in Dhaka.

Pakistan cricket broadcast deal worth over 200 million USD fails

A massive cricket broadcast deal, which was expected to fetch in over USD 200 million for the Pakistan Cricket Board, has reportedly fallen apart.

After the cancellation of the deal, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now reportedly issued a new tender inviting bids for new media rights for its home internationals matches for the upcoming series against West Indies and Australia.

Earlier in 2020, the PCB had signed a three-year broadcast deal with the state broadcaster PTV along with an agreement with the Cable Association of Pakistan (CAP). THe deal with CAP had ensured that the PCB’s broadcast content is not redistributed without proper authorisation.

The official signing of the deal between PCB and PTV was held at Pakistan Prime Minister’s House in the presence of Imran Khan, who is also the PCB’s patron-in-chief.

After the agreement, the PTV got the rights to broadcast all Pakistan’s home bilateral matches besides the domestic cricket, ending PCB’s ties with long-time partner Ten Sports, which had broadcasted Pakistan’s home cricket since the 2000s.

Under the arrangement, along with the Pakistan International Home Series of the Senior Cricket Team, the Women’s and Junior cricket teams was set to be broadcast live on PTV Sports.

Also for the first time all the major Domestic tournaments, including the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the National T-20 Cup, the One Day Pakistan Cup and the National U-19 One-Day and National U-19 Three Day tournaments, was announced to be broadcast live on PTV Sports and distributed across Pakistan on cable networks.

The supporting cable distribution agreement, unlike in the past, was to ensure that the broadcast content of PCB cricket is not redistributed without proper authorization which was one of the reasons for greatly diminishing the value of PCB content.

As part of the agreement, the matches was not meant to be produced by PCB directly to the highest international standards and was not be bulked as part of the broadcasting deal as was done in the past. PCB will ensure the broadcast and distribution of Pakistan cricket across the globe.

It was for the first time in almost three decades when in 2020 the broadcasting rights of Pakistan Cricket in Pakistan were granted exclusively to a Pakistani broadcaster and that too the national broadcaster.

The aim was to maximize the opportunity for cricket fans in Pakistan to watch good competitive cricket almost throughout the year and follow the top cricketers and teams they support in the domestic season.

The broadcast deal had also marked the launch of rebuilding PTV’s production and broadcast capabilities, with a conversion of PTV Sports to HD broadcast format already in the pipeline to be followed by the acquisition of not only international quality production equipment but also training of its staff during the production by PCB of cricket matches in Pakistan.

It was also aimed to create the impetus to expedite the conversion of analogue cable to digital cable in Pakistan to ensure all cricket fans receive the highest quality and maximum quantity of cricket content on their television screens.

Govt will take a call on India’s participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan at right time: Sports Minister

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Pakistan as the host of the Champions Trophy in 2025, there has been a question on every cricket fan’s mind whether Team India will travel to neighbouring country or not.

Due to political tensions between the two nations, bilateral cricket has been suspended since a long time however, the two sides now only meet each other in ICC events.

Responding to a question on the issue, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur has nowsaid that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ICC had announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the country.

The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed chairman Ramiz Raja had brushed aside the fears of any last-minute pullouts by the teams from the showpiece event.

“It is not going to happen. They [ICC] went through all the pros and cons and after going through the details, came to the conclusion that Pakistan is fit enough to host and administer the Champions Trophy. You shouldn’t worry at all. I don’t think there will be any negativity or any pullouts at all,” said the PCB chairman.

“We won’t be going to the UAE for the Asia Cup or the Champions Trophy. Not everything happens because of India. We are also here. Don’t worry,” he added.

HBL reacquires title sponsorship of Pakistan Super League till 2025

In a major boost for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), HBL has announced to reacquire the title sponsorship of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) pinnacle tournament for another four-year cycle (2022-2025).

Meanwhile, HBL also announced to exceed the reserve price in reacquiring the rights but sealed it with a 55 per cent jump from last cycle, which speaks volumes of their belief in the PSL brand.

HBL earned title sponsorship rights following a public tender process in which seven interested parties had collected the bid documents.

Commmenting on the development, newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted that the HBL have further strengthened their bond and relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board by committing to support the Pakistan Super League for another four years. Reality is that HBL, in fact, have been investing in the future stars of Pakistan cricket through PSL for which we are eternally grateful.”

“Their decision to continue the partnership is also a validation and endorsement of the brand and product the HBL PSL has become, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board staff and our valued franchises. Both the PCB and franchises, with the patronage of HBL, have worked tirelessly to make the league glamorous, entertaining and exciting for the fans as well as the shortest format specialists who are keen to feature in it,” he added.

On the other hand, HBL Chief Operating Officer Sagheer Mufti said: “HBL is pleased to renew its commitment to Pakistan’s largest sporting platform, Pakistan Super League (PSL) for a further four years. This will mark HBL’s support for this national initiative for 10 years, since its inception in 2016. HBL remains committed to playing its part in promoting Pakistan and cricket.”

Similarly, HBL Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Ali Habib expressed: “HBL is all about ‘enabling dreams’ and this synchronizes perfectly with PSL’s philosophy to provide an enabling platform to the young, emerging cricketers of the country.”

“HBL wishes PCB all the success in staging this mega sporting platform that provides fans the world over the opportunity to enjoy the best that cricket has to offer,” he added.

HBL, is a Pakistani multinational bank based in Habib Bank Plaza, Karachi, Pakistan.

Founded in 1940 by the Habib Family, Habib Bank Limited, abbreviated as HBL, became Pakistan’s first commercial bank and in 1951 it opened its first international branch in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

PSL’s initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL for three years in December 2015 and was later renewed.

The domestic T20 league features six teams from as many cities of Pakistan. The league was founded on September 2015 with five teams by the PCB.

Pakistan to host an ICC event after 29 long years

In a massive development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns t the cuntry.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

The development came as the ICC confirmed the 14 host countries of ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Commenting on the development, and elated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja thanked the ICC for awarding the Champions Trophy 2025 to Pakistan and said that the event will showcase his country’s passion for the sport.

In a statement, issued by the PCB, Raja said: “I am pleased no-end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments. By allocating a major global event to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed complete confidence and faith in our management and operational capabilities and skills.”

“We have continued to demonstrate how a great host we are and through the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, we will again showcase our passion and love for the sport as this event will be a boon to the millions of home fans, who will see world class teams and their favourite international players from close quarters,” he added.

Notably, PCB has been trying its best for the return of international cricket in the country.

“We not only endeavour to plan and deliver a world-class event, we will also prepare and field a strong and formidable side that can perform and entertain our home fans. We saw during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign how the nation got united and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 at home will be another opportunity to further strengthen that bond as we defend the title,” Raja further expressed.

Also, it will be for the first time when the USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event as the former has been selected as the co-host of the 2024 T20 World Cup while the latter, an African nation, will jointly host the 2027 One-Day International (ODI) World Cup with South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

The global cricket governing boday also said that a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

PCB announce Test team’s departure schedule for Bangladesh series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced its Test team’s departure schedule for the Bangladesh series as per which the national squad will enter the bio-secure bubble in Lahore on November 18.

After staying in the bubble for three days, the Pakistan Test squad then will leave for Dhaka on November 21 and after a day’s rest, the Test squad will join the T20 squad on November 23.

The Test squad will leave for Chittagong on November 24 while the T20 squad, after the conclusion of the white-ball series, will arrive in Lahore the same day.

Significantly, Pakistan are scheduled to play three T20Is at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka starting November 19.

While the second affair between the two sides will be held on November 20, the third and final one will be played on November 22.

The Pakistan cricket team will play its first Test match against hosts Bangladesh from November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.

The second Test will be then held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, which will host the entire T20I series, from December 4.

Earlier on Monday, the PCB had announced Test squad for Bangladesh series which saw opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam and off-spinner Bilal Asif earning a spot in the 20-member Pakistan squad, which will be led by Babar Azam.

On the other hand, Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah, who were earlier part of the 21-member squad which had toured the West Indies in July earlier this year, have been replaced.

Left-handed batter Imam has been recalled following his good performances in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he had amassed 488 runs from five innings including an unbeaten double-century.

Imam had played his 11th and last Test against Australia in Adelaide in December 2019.

Meanwhile, Bilal replaced Yasir Shah who is still recovering from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20.

Yasir is yet to feature in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Pakistan Test squad:

Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Zahid Mahmood.

PCB signs P&G’s Always as Female Hygiene Partner for Pak-Windies women series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Procter & Gamble (P&G) hygiene product – Always – as the official “Female Hygiene Partner” for the three-match one-day series between Pakistan and West Indies women.

The first match was played on Monday with West Indies securing an emphatic 45-run victory, the second match was also won by visitors (37 runs) which has given them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The third and final match of the series will be played on Sunday at the National Stadium Karachi.

The PCB-P&G partnership will last till 31 December 2021, the board has announced

Commenting on the development, PCB Acting Chief Executive Salman Naseer said: “We want to thank P&G for coming forward for this partnership with Pakistan women’s team. The PCB is fully committed to further promoting the women’s game and the series against the West Indies is a testament of that. The two teams have played a competitive series and I wish them the best for the third match on Sunday.

“I am also hopeful that after the current agreement ends, PCB and P&G enter into a long term partnership and a mutually beneficial business relationship,” he added.

On the other hand, P&G Pakistan Country Marketing Director Muhammad Khurram Kidwai said: “Always is committed to the cause of building girls’ confidence for close to 20 years in Pakistan, and we are always looking for ways to go the extra mile.”

“At P&G, we are passionate about equal opportunity and our leading feminine-care brand Always, gives us this unique space to continue our impact by promoting women’s advancement as professional athletes and leaders in the sport sector,” he added.

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England will play two additional T20Is in Pakistan next year: ECB CEO

The England men’s cricket team will play two additional T20Is against the hosts when they tour Pakistan in September-October 2022, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Tom Harrison has announced.

The announcement by the ECB CEO was made after his meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed Chairman Ramiz Raja in Lahore on Tuesday.

Notably, the ECB’s top administrator has flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with the PCB which was strained after England cancelled its Pakistan tour in September, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”, just days after New Zealand also pulled out of a tour to Pakistan over security concerns.

Commenting on his meeting with Raja, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: “Myself and ECB’s Senior Director Martin Darlow visited Lahore to talk face to face with the PCB around some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks, leading to the cancelation of our tour in October. We also wanted to discuss the future as the two boards have a historic relationship and want to move the agenda towards a forward-looking one as opposed to one looking back.”

“We’re happy to announce that we’ll play two extra white-ball T20Is on our men’s tour of Pakistan in September/October 2022. We will then return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia to complete the Test match element of that tour. This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home. I don’t think there’s a cricketer in England who doesn’t want to test their abilities against the huge talent this country has and in the conditions they know best,” he added.

On the other hand, Raja expressed: “The ECB have shown their large heartedness to be here for which I am thankful to Tom and Martin. It means a lot to us. We are excited that England have committed to playing two additional T20Is as part of their white-ball tour in September/October in 2022. We put in lot of efforts to make sure that all visiting teams are comfortable in Pakistan. As such, it is a matter of pride for the Pakistan fans, who look forward to welcoming Australia and England in 2022.”

“England have got a great team and it’s mind-boggling how they’ve produced so many match-winners in a span of about five to seven years. They play very engaging and attractive cricket, which is fantastic for the fans and a big advertisement of the game,” he added.

After Pakistan, Harrison is scheduled to visit the UAE later this week for an International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting.

Earlier, the ECB after cancelling the recent tour, had assured the PCB that it will play a full series against Pakistan next year.

Some Aussie players may not be comfortable touring Pakistan next year, feels Paine

A day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) both confirmed that Australia will tour Pakistan for three Test matches, three ODIs and one T20I next year, Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday said that there will be few players in their camp who will not be “comfortable” touring Pakistan next year.

Even as both the boards have confirmed for the tour, however, it would go ahead only after security clearance is issued.

Paine spoke to Australian radio station SEN and admitted that some players may not be 100 percent comfortable while touring Pakistan.

“There’ll be some guys who will be happy to take the experts’ advice, and others will want to know a bit more. If we’re totally honest, there might be some people who aren’t comfortable going regardless. That’s happened before with tours going to other countries going back forever,” Paine told SEN Radio.

“Again, there are issues that will, I’m sure pop up. We’ll discuss it; people get the right answers and feel comfortable, then we’ll get hopefully the best team we can. At the end of the day, it comes down to the individual,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pain also recalled his personal experience of touring Pakistan in 2017, when he was part of the World XI team and said that he was reassured but also “unnerved” at the same time, with Pakistan’s security officials taking extraordinary measures, such as having choppers fly above the team’s bus.

“The security that we had on that tour was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Paine said.

“We had helicopters overhead, roads shut down five kilometres around us, checkpoints like every kilometre into the ground, it was extraordinary. The fact you’re seeing it and thinking to yourself it may be necessary can be a bit unnerving, but at the same time to see the planning and execution of it, with literally a couple of choppers above your bus 20-30 metres above your head was comforting but also unnerving at the same time,” he added.

Notably, the upcoming tour will be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998. While the Tests will take place in Karachi between March 3 and 7, the second and last Test will be staged in Rawalpindi and Lahore between March and 25 March respectively.

On the other hand, Lahore will be the venue for the four white-ball matches, which will be played between March 29 to April 5, 2022.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

On Monday while confirming the tour, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight. Australia are one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.”

“Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he had added.

ECB chief arrives in Pakistan to repair relations with PCB

In a bid to repair the England Cricket Board (ECB) relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which was strained after the cancellation of England’s T20 tour of Pakistan, the English cricket board’s Chief Executive Tom Harrison on Tuesday arrived in Lahore.

During his short tour, Harrison is scheduled to meet the newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja on Tuesday afternoon.

As per reports, the ECB’s top administrator has flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with PCB and during the meeting with Raja, the ECB chief will discuss England’s visit to Pakistan in 2022.

After Pakistan, Harrison is scheduled to visit the UAE later this week for an International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting.

Notably, relations between the two cricket boards was damaged after England cancelled its Pakistan tour in September, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”.

Just few days after New Zealand had abandoned their limited-overs tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, the ECB, releasing a statement last month, had also cancelled their tour.

“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double headers alongside the men’s games,” an official ECB statement had said.

“The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip,” it had added.

“We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022,” the ECB further said.

The ECB had, however, assured the PCB that it will play a full series against Pakistan next year.

Significantly, several former cricketers had slammed the ECB for cancelling the tour with former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding saying that had it been an India tour, they would not have had the guts to tell the Indian cricket board they would not tour their country.

“Four days in Pakistan (was all they would have spent), I am absolutely sure they would not have done that to India,” Holding was quoted as saying by SkySports.

“What that signal sends to me is the same western arrogance. I will treat you how I feel like treating you — it doesn’t matter what you think, I will just do what I want,” added Holding.

The former West Indies great also agreed with England great Michael Atherton, who too had criticised the ECB for pulling out of the tour.