West Indies players offered US$25,000 each for playing three T20Is in Karachi next month

  • Cricket West Indies are reportedly offering players over INR 16 lakhs to tour Pakistan in April for a PAK vs WI T20 series. 
  • PCB will be making the payment to CWI who will then distribute it amongst the players. 
  • PCB in the past also has offered extra-money to foreign players to come to Pakistan for an international series, or PSL or exhibition matches that have taken place in the country over the last few years. 
  • International cricket in Pakistan has suffered hugely since the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team bus in 2009

Cricket in Pakistan has suffered hugely since the terrorist attacks on a Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Only a hand-full of international matches and some exhibition matches have been held in the country since then. Even the countries premier T20 tournament the Pakistan Super League organised by the PCB has had to have the majority of its matches in UAE till now. However, the PCB believes that with new developments in the country, it should be ready to host at least half of the Pakistan Super League in Pakistan next year. Cricket West Indies is reported to have offered it’s contracted and non-contracted players a huge pay hike in order to convince them for a three-match Pakistan vs West Indies T20 internationals series. CWI is expected to announce the 13 man touring squad for PAK vs WI T20 series later in the month after the completion of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifier.

It is believed from various reports that the CWI is offering it’s players a sum of over INR 16 lakhs to participate in the PAK vs WI T20 series scheduled to take place on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Taking in account the different contracts that the players have, this offer could be 70% or even double the amount that they are normally paid.

PCB to offer money to CWI, to be distributed to West Indies cricketers

However, the good news for Cricket West Indies is that the money to pay these players will not be coming out of the CWI wallet rather the payment will be made by PCB to CWI to distribute amongst the players. Since the tournament is being held outside the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) a payment by the host board to the touring side is a pretty standard practice, something that the PCB itself benefitted from in 2013 when they toured South Africa.

Speaking about the arrangements for the upcoming series to Pakistan, Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave spoke ESPN and said, “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.”

“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.”

Pakistan vs West Indies T20 internationals will not be the first case of PCB paying foreign players some extra money in order to persuade them to come to Pakistan, a country which is hungry to watch some international action on its grounds. Players who played for the World XI last year were paid extra to visit Pakistan, even the foreign players in the PSL are offered extra cash by the board so that they say yes to travelling to Pakistan just to take part in the knock-out stage.

All this just adds to the cost for the PCB, who believe that this extra payment is made as an investment for the future and they hope that soon they can do away with the practice like last year when they invited Sri Lankan team for a single T20I match, however, the team that arrived was pretty depleted.

West Indies are currently participating in the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. The tournament will come to an end on 25th March and that is when the Cricket West Indies (CWI) is expected to announce their squad for Pakistan vs West Indies T20 Internationals. It is still not clear who will these players be that will travel for PAK vs WI T20 series. According to some sources, the 5 players – Bravo brothers, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell – who were warned by Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief for selecting PSL over the national team will not be selected in the upcoming Pakistan vs West Indies T20 Internationals, along with T20 stars like Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo.

The start of the Internationals/PAK vs WI T20 series will be at the National Stadium in Karachi, where the other 2 matches of the series are also scheduled to take place.

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