LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has paid a complete of Rs1.95 million to 161 stakeholders of the sport together with first-class cricketers, match officers, floor employees and scorers who fullfilled the factors, as one-time assist in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic disaster.
In accordance with a press launch issued by the PCB on Monday, it has paid Rs25,000 every to 16 first-class cricketers. The sum whole of those cricketers is Rs 400,000.
Twenty-one match officers obtained a sum of Rs315,000 (Rs15,000 apiece). Furthermore, 124 floor employees and scorers obtained a complete of Rs12,40,000, every of them getting Rs10,000.
Although the entire quantity given by the PCB to the gamers, match officers, floor employees and scorers is sort of scanty compared with one-month salaries of a number of high PCB officers who’re incomes in hundreds of thousands, the trouble at this crunch time might need decreased some monetary burden of probably the most needy people within the cricket fraternity.
“Most of the people who have benefitted from this initiative are the ones who were previously associated with the cricket board and as a responsible organisation we strongly believe that it was binding on us to provide whatever assistance we could,” mentioned the PCB press launch.
“While these payments may be a token of support, we have attempted to reach out to as many as possible to minimise the financial blow in these difficult and unprecedented times.”
It’s pertinent to say right here that the PCB confirmed extra generosity in the direction of Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Pandemic Aid Fund, by contributing a hefty Rs10 million to it, as a substitute of adequately serving to deserving members of the cricket neighborhood, with out which the sport can’t flourish.
Individually, PCB chief government and chief working officer made contributions to the Chairman’s Welfare Fund late final week.
Right here it might be related to say that as each home and native cricket are presently suspended by the federal government, numerous umpires, scorers and floor employees haven’t earned a single penny for the final three months.
The identical unlucky scenario is being confronted by the stakeholders of different sports activities together with subject hockey, soccer, baseball, desk tennis, badminton and athletics.
Nonetheless, regardless of dealing with hardship the sports activities neighborhood in Pakistan up to now has not been in a position to give you a powerful enchantment to the federal government to get the venues open for resuming sports activities actions with all security measures (SOPs) in place to keep away from the unfold of coronavirus.
Revealed in Daybreak, June ninth, 2020