The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced financial benefits and has dispatched checques to match officials, cricketers enduring the ongoing financial crisis which came as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The board, through its welfare fund sent checks to 161 cricketers, 93 groundsmen, 20 umpires, and one match-referee.
“We acknowledge your past participation in cricket activities and has introduced a scheme to help you in difficult financial situations,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan’s letter to beneficiaries.
“Hopefully this vulnerable situation and your problems will end soon. We are united and the PCB will continue to support you despite having limited resources,” he added.
It is to be known that Wasim Khan and Chief Operating Officer Barrister Salman donated PKR 1.5m and PKR 0.5m respectively in the welfare fund on Saturday.
“I have decided to personally make this donation to help those players, match officials, scorers and ground staff who are in dire need of financial assistance. This small contribution is to support the Chairman’s Welfare Fund that is already in place and to show solidarity with him as we look to provide as much support to the players, match officials, scorers and ground staff facing hardships in these tough economic times” said Khan.
“As head of the executive team, I also think it is appropriate that I take a personal lead with this and it’s a decision that feels absolutely right to me.
After past culture of all PCB staff receiving substantial annual incremental increases, we have made a decision to tighten our expenditure over the next 12 months and only award increases to staffers who earn Rs100,000 a month or less. This will commence from the new fiscal year, which starts on July 1.” he added.