Cricket came home to Pakistan but at a huge cost

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 4, 2015, 4:12 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 11:55 pm IST
PCB gave each Zimbabwe player a monetary guarantee of US $12,500
Each player was offered US $10,000 but Zimbabwean players felt it was too little so the Pakistan Cricket Board upped the amount to US $12,500 and the deal was sealed. (Photo: AP)
 Each player was offered US $10,000 but Zimbabwean players felt it was too little so the Pakistan Cricket Board upped the amount to US $12,500 and the deal was sealed. (Photo: AP)

Mumbai: India’s arch-nemesis Pakistan did manage to bring back cricket after six long years to the country but at a huge cost. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were so determined to get back the gentleman’s game to the country that they gave each player of the visiting team Zimbabwe a monetary guarantee of US $12,500, a report in ESPNCricinfo has revealed.

According to the report, PCB paid a whopping US $50,000 to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) before the tour that was part of the individual payments made first. Each player was offered US $10,000 but Zimbabwean players felt it was too little so the PCB upped the amount to US $12,500 and the deal was sealed.

 

Read: ‘We miss you India,’ say Pakistan cricket fans

The money was paid in two amounts, first on arrival and second at the conclusion of the series, which could explain why Zimbabwe stayed on tour despite a suicide attack during their second ODI.

Zimbabwean players opted for the huge amount as in the African country, players are paid a maximum monthly sum of US $6, 500. Reports say that they are yet to receive the fees for the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Read: Zimbabwe players insured for Pakistan tour

With so much money at stake, Zimbabwean players did have a great time and Craig Ervine said he was happy with the ‘hospitality and security over this tour.’ Sikander Raza took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express his gratitude to the PCB.

 

The entire series, barring the suicide bomb attack at the Gadaffi Stadium was well-planned with over 3.500 security officials deployed to look after the Zimbabwe team.

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