In a significant development, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has successfully resolved the central contract issues with national team players, putting an end to months of uncertainty and concerns just before the upcoming World Cup.
The central contract saga had been looming over the players' heads, with contracts set to expire on June 30.
Several clauses within the contracts had raised objections and concerns among the national cricketers, leading to a prolonged standoff.
According to sources close to the matter, the PCB demonstrated its commitment to addressing the players' concerns by engaging in productive discussions and negotiations.
This resulted in the removal of objections and reservations raised by the players, paving the way for the central contract issues to be settled amicably.
Bone of contention
The primary point of contention revolved around the players' desire for a share of the revenue generated by the PCB through its association with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and various sponsors.
This revenue-sharing model, common in many cricketing nations, had not been in place in Pakistan, making its implementation a complex and challenging endeavor.
Initially, the PCB offered Category A players a monthly salary of 45 lakh per month, but this offer was met with dissatisfaction, largely due to significant tax deductions.
It is believed that the board is now considering further salary increases to address the players' financial concerns.
Over the past four months, cricketers had not received their monthly retainers or match fees from the PCB, causing considerable financial strain. The PCB is now actively working to expedite these payments, providing much-needed relief to the players.
While the players had initially refrained from taking visible actions to express their discontent, they had contemplated boycotting sponsor-related activities and even refusing to participate in promotional events during the impending World Cup.
However, former cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq, who is actively involved in the resolution process, has been working diligently to prevent the situation from escalating further.
It is worth noting that some officials were alleged to have played a "double game," advising certain players not to enter into any agreements due to uncertainties regarding the tenure of the current Chairman of the PCB's Management Committee.