PCB CEO Wasim Khan has pledged financial assistance of PKR 1.5 million to support former players, match officials, scorers and ground staff currently undergoing hardships in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in Pakistan, where the number of infections has continued to increase exponentially amidst gradual ease of restrictions.
Wasim's decision to donate to the PCB Welfare Fund comes at a time when the absence of cricket is hurting all of the game's key stakeholders.
“I have decided to personally make this donation to help those players, match officials, scorers and ground staff who are in dire need of financial assistance," he stated.
“This small contribution is to support the Chairman’s Welfare Fund that is already in place and to show solidarity with him as we look to provide as much support to the players, match officials, scorers and ground staff facing hardships in these tough economic times.
“As head of the executive team, I also think it is appropriate that I take a personal lead with this and it’s a decision that feels absolutely right to me."
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani commended Wasim for taking this initiative and dubbed it as emblematic of his strong leadership qualities.
“I appreciate Wasim Khan’s gesture and commend him for leading by example. Wasim’s actions show that he is not only a good leader, but one who thinks and cares about the wellbeing of past and present players and other stakeholders," Mani said.
“Wasim has consistently shown his commitment to Pakistan cricket and this is another example of his contribution and leadership. I am sure that Wasim’s generosity will help cricketers in need in these difficult times.”
Earlier, the PCB had announced monetary support for its first-class cricketers, match officials, scorers and ground staff, allowing them to pocket a certain amount of money based on their profession and period of service.