The Pakistan Cricket Board has emphasised that domestic players are not required to let go of their association with parent departments in order to acquire contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season.
The PCB statement comes in the midst of growing opposition to the existing domestic structure, which was introduced as a replacement for the previous departmental set-up.
The number of teams in domestic cricket was cut down from 16 to six, rendering many players jobless. However, the PCB has denied any condition of not allowing players to enjoy perks with departments whilst being contracted with the board.
“The PCB is neither asking the players to resign nor to cancel existing contracts with their departments if they are interested in securing player contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season," it said in a media release.
“All the PCB is asking from the employed and contracted cricketers, in accordance with applicable policies and SOPs, is for them to provide No Objective Certificates (NOC) from their departments so that they can be offered contracts for the 2020-21 domestic season. The issuance of such NOCs is part of the normal course of business; is not only a PCB requirement but that of the departments as well; and is, in fact, an established past practice."
“Once the relevant NOC has been issued by the player’s parent organisation and submitted to the PCB, the PCB will make payments in accordance with the terms of the contract it has executed with the player,” the PCB added.
The first tournament under the domestic season is the National T20 Cup, which will be held from September 30 to October 18 in Multan and Rawalpindi.
“An employed cricketer can be offered 2020-21 domestic contract provided that the player has submitted the relevant NOC issued by his employer to the PCB in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to such players," the PCB said. "Whether or not the player will be paid by the employer is a matter between the two entities."
Furthermore, the PCB has clarified that a maximum of 192 cricketers across the six teams will be offered the revamped domestic central contracts with the rest being given a seasonal contract.
The new contracts, divided into five categories according to the best-performing individuals, enhance players' earnings compared to the last season.
“A maximum of 32 players in each Cricket Association will be offered domestic central contracts, while the remaining players will be offered a seasonal contract," the PCB stated.
“Under the domestic contract, a player will be bound by the obligations of the domestic central contract and will receive a monthly retainer along with match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc. wherever applicable.
“Under the seasonal contract, a player will be bound by the same obligations as those prescribed under the domestic central contract but will not receive monthly retainer. Such players, however, will be eligible to receive match fee, daily allowances, other related benefits etc. wherever applicable.”