The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will help its first-class cricketers, staff, ground staff, officials, stakeholders, and umpires financially among the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Coronavirus pandemic has marked a full stop in front of all cricketing activities. Amidst the lockdown, nobody is able to earn. The economy is going down, as there are no businesses. People don’t have sources to eat. For this, many prominent figures from the world of Cricket have come forward to help such people.
First-class cricketers earn much less than those adequate money makers on international platforms. PCB has promised to provide financial support to first-class figures of Cricket.
To be negligible for funds, PCB released the following criteria:
- First-class cricketers who featured in the 2018-19 season and have played at least 15 first-class matches in the past five seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19
- Match officials and scorers who have officiated in PCB-organised events over the past two seasons
- The ground staff that had been employed by the now-defunct regional/district cricket associations before 1 January 2013 (should have approximately eight years of service)
- Those falling in the categories as mentioned earlier should presently be unemployed.
As the policies have declared, those players who will meet the criteria will receive 25,000 PKR per month, and the match officials are to get 15,000 PKR whereas, the staff will be receiving 10,000 PKR by PCB.
“It was the right time to support cricketers, match officials, scorers, and grounds staff in this hour of need. It is also heartening to see our cricketers coming out and supporting the people in need by auctioning their prized possessions and through various charities,” said Ehsan Mani while announcing financial help for such players.
“I want to applaud and appreciate Shahid Afridi, Rumman Raees, and Azhar Ali, who have been at the forefront of this noble cause and have been doing outstanding work.”