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PCB announces financial assistance for first-class cricketers and other stakeholders
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PCB announces financial assistance for first-class cricketers and other stakeholders

The PCB has offered monetary support to its first-class cricketers, match officials, scorers and ground staff in the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has halted all cricket activity.

The absence of competitive matches has meant little economic opportunities for those involved in the game amidst the ongoing lockdown.

The unprecedented challenges faced by the PCB has prompted the organisation to award PKR 25,000 to first-class players who meet the eligibility criteria.

The criteria dictates that the cricketers must have featured in the 2018-19 season and have played at least 15 first-class games in the past five seasons.

On the other hand, match officials employed over the last two seasons will get PKR 15,000 while the scorers and grounds staff will pocket PKR 10,000.

“The PCB feels it has a duty of care towards its stakeholders and, as such, it is imperative that we stand by our people during the lockdown period and support them in the lead up to Eid Al-Fitr," PCB chairman Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying in a media release.

"It was the right time to support cricketers, match officials, scorers and grounds staff in this hour of need."

The individuals deserving of the financial aid have been asked to contact the PCB to benefit from this programme.

Several members from the Pakistan cricket fraternity have been engaged in various initiatives to alleviate the problems faced by those most affected by the virus lockdown.

Mani appreciated the likes of Shahid Afridi, Rumman Raees and Azhar Ali for stepping up for a humanitarian cause.

“It is also heartening to see our cricketers coming out and supporting the people in need by auctioning their prized possessions and through various charities," he said.

"While I am sure many players are making donations in private, I want to applaud and appreciate Shahid Afridi, Rumman Raees and Azhar Ali who have been at the forefront of this noble cause and have been doing outstanding work.”