ISLAMABAD: The core cricketers will soon be honoured with cash incentives and recognition for a year of splendid performance that won the hearts of an incredible number of cricket fans around the world.
At a reception scheduled for today (Friday) evening, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja is expected presenting a cash incentive of Rs1.5 million to all the top 15 players who remained a built-in area of the unit in all the three formats of the overall game through the year.
Two Test specialists Abid Ali and Sajjid Khan have been invited apart from 18 players (three reserves) for their exceptional show in the longer version of the game.
“The reception to honour the utmost effective cricketers is supposed to recognise the services of all those cricketers who’ve helped the team stand tall in almost all the formats of the game. Barring some brief hiccups, the team members have given exceptional performance through the year. Be it T20 World Cup performance, Test matches performance in the home and abroad, the team shows exceptional courage in all the departments of the game. Beating South Africa at their particular soil and later sweeping through Bangladesh in their particular backyard were exceptional achievements that needed to be recognised,” a PCB official said.
Pakistan won 20 of 29 T20Is during the year which also saw them setting up some resolute show in the T20 World Cup. The team that looked unbeaten finally lost to Australia in the semi-finals however not before winning many hearts for the competitive element which was on display. Beating pre-tournament favourites India by ten wickets also stunned many.
Two of the core cricketers Harris Rauf and Fakhar Zaman will not be in a position to attend the reception due to their commitments in the Australian Big Bash League while Shadab Khan is expected to attain with time on Friday.
The reception which will only be attended by the PCB high-ups is supposed to improve morale of the team members in front of the hectic season that also incorporates some important series and T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October/November.
Pakistan may also host leading international outfits including Australia, England, New Zealand, and West Indies through the coming season.
It’s expected that the utmost effective 15 players will soon be given around Rs1.5 million each as cash incentive as the remaining portion of the five including three reserves and two Test specialists will also be awarded.