West Indies cricket team to be offered extra money for T20 series in Pakistan
The West Indies cricket team are expected to play in a three-match T20I series in Pakistan in April and could reap significant financial benefits from the tour.cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2018 19:08 IST
In order to ensure that the three-match T20I series in Pakistan goes ahead, Cricket West Indies (CWI) is planning to offer their players USD 25,000 as incentive.
According to ESPNCricinfo, CWI is scheduled to announce the squad for the three T20Is at the end of the ICC World Cup qualifier.
The matches are set to be played on April 1, 2 and 3 in Karachi.
The report added that depending on contract status of players, they are set to get anywhere between ‘70 per cent more and double of what they would ordinarily be paid’.
While the payment will be made by CWI, the money will be provided by Pakistan as the proposed series is outside the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP).
“Pakistan are looking to play more cricket at home, by playing half of the PSL in Pakistan next year and a number of matches in upcoming bilateral series under the current FTP. However what they can’t continue to do is pay international players additional fees to tour Pakistan or PSL,” Johnny Grave, CEO of the Caribbean cricket board, said.
“So, considering this tour is outside the Future Tours Programme, the PCB have made a payment to CWI that is being fully utilised. CWI isn’t making any money from the series, just supporting cricket going back to Pakistan,” he added.
The report added that even in 2015, when the Pakistan cricket team hosted Zimbabwe for their first home series since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus, the host cricket board paid the visiting players USD 12,500 each.
However, no money was paid to Sri Lankan cricketers who had played a lone T20 in Lahore last year.
The overseas players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were also offered extra money to play in the tournament’s final at Lahore last year. Even the players of the ICC XI, which consisted many current and former players, were paid by the PCB.