Salaries of Babar, Rizwan, Shaheen and others to be cut, PCB plans strict measures after T20 World Cup debacle: report

Pakistani cricket players including captain Babar Azam and star players Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi, could face pay cuts as the PCB reportedly considers reviewing the central contracts of all players following the team's early exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup. Pakistan were eliminated from the tournament from the group stage. They still have a game against Ireland on Sunday, but it was reduced to a draw after the United States advanced to the Super Eights following a washout of Ireland on Friday.

Pakistan's Babar Azam with Shaheen Shah Afridi (REUTERS)

News agency PTI reported that some officials and former players had advised PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi to re-evaluate the central contracts awarded to players during the tenure of his predecessor Zaka Ashraf.

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“There could be a re-evaluation of central contracts and players could get their salaries back, with fees reduced if the president decides to react strongly to the team's recent dismal performance,” a reliable source told PTI.

This was the third time in nine editions that Pakistan had failed to advance past the group stage of the T20 World Cup. They had won the tournament in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan and reached the final twice under Shoaib Malik (2007) and Babar Azam (2022). In 2010, 2012 and 2021 he reached the last four stages.

The Super Over defeat against the USA in their first Group A match of this World Cup proved to be a deciding factor. In their must-win encounter against arch-rivals India, Pakistan failed to chase down 120 despite being in control for most of their innings.

The Babar Azam-led team also performed poorly in the Asia Cup and World Cup (50 overs) last year. Before the T20 World Cup, Pakistan drew 2-2 at home against a New Zealand B team and also lost a T20I against Ireland.

“Nothing is final yet but yes, this strong measure was discussed within the board of directors with the president,” added the source.

Last year, Achraf announced a significant increase in player revenues, as well as a fixed share of PCB revenues coming from the ICC.

Naqvi himself had announced before the World Cup in the United States and West Indies that each player would receive a $100,000 bonus if they won the tournament.

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