The philosophy of professionalism and its connection with performance, which, in turn, provides big rewards and incentives to the best-performing cricketers, is the essence of the 2020-21 domestic cricket season, which commences on 30 September.
Once the lowly paid top domestic cricket performers now have the opportunity to earn as high as Rs. 3.2 million, which is 83% more than 2019-20, and as low as Rs. 1.8 million, which is 7% more from what the players in the highest category received last year.
These player earnings can be calculated following the announcement of the 2020-21 domestic cricket schedule, which provides top cricketers the opportunity to feature in all 10 National T20 Cup, 10 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, and 10 Pakistan Cup matches.
With each of the 10 A+ category players to receive Rs. 150,000 as a monthly retainer for 12 months and a match fee of Rs. 40,000 for National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup each, and Rs. 60,000 for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, players maintaining and displaying high levels of professionalism throughout the season will earn Rs. 3.2 million.
And, this doesn’t stop here. Players can increase their earnings if they reach the finals, which will guarantee them additional match fees as well as a share in the prize money.
Similarly, the monthly retainer of D category domestic players is Rs. 40,000 but they will get the same match fee as the highest category player. This, in turn, means any D category player who features in all the 30 First XI league matches will earn Rs. 1.8 million. These numbers will increase if a player’s side reaches the finals as this will mean more matches and share in prize money.
Last year, all the domestic contracted First XI players had received a flat monthly retainer of Rs. 50,000 and match fee of Rs. 40,000 for white-ball cricket and Rs. 75,000 for red-ball cricket.
The 2020-21 and enhanced monthly retainer structure is:
- Category A+ = 10 players, Rs. 150,000 per month
- Category A = 38 players, Rs. 85,000 per month
- Category B = 48 players, Rs. 75,000 per month
- Category C = 72 players, Rs. 65,000 per month
- Category D = 24 players, Rs. 40,000 per month
Categories will be decided following discussions with the national selection committee. The revised match fees structure is:
1st XI FC
What are your thoughts on the story? Let us know in the comments section.