Karachi: In its bid to discourage players from getting involved in fixing or gambling in the domestic circuit, the Pakistan Cricket Board has enforced a contract system for all the regional teams this season.
According to the details, all the players named by the regions in their 20-member squads for the domestic season, have been awarded six-month contracts by the board, starting with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy that began from October 6.
"The board has taken the step of giving contracts to all regional teams according to a slab system," the coach of the Hyderabad team, Tauseef Ahmed said.
He explained that the board would pay 20,000 per month to five players in a regional team in the top slab, 15,000 to 10 players in second slab and 10,000 to five players in third.
"It is a good initiative by the board to encourage and offer some financial incentives to players who play at the domestic level. This move means that all regional team players are assured of a monthly salary for six months," Tauseef said.
He said the process of naming the regional teams was done by a selection committee that included the regional team coach, representatives and a selector nominated by the Pakistan board.
A board official, when contacted, confirmed the move was part of a package to enforce the new ICC anti-corruption measures in domestic cricket.
"While on one hand the board is taking steps to ensure players are educated about anti-corruption measures and also outlining severe penalties for offenders, it also wants to give the players some financial security for the duration of the domestic season," the official said.