In a recent revelation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has disclosed the specifics of the pensions it distributes to retired Test cricketers every month through its Players’ Welfare Policy.
The cricket board doles out a grand total of Rs. 9,276,000 in pensions to 63 former players each month.
A total of 24 retired cricketers receive Rs. 154,000 each month, while 7 cricketers are given Rs. 148,000 in the form of pensions. 32 cricketers receive Rs. 142,000 every month.
Prominent figures such as former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Bari, Zaheer Abbas, and Mushtaq Mohammad also receive the sum of Rs. 154,000 per month as pensions for their time as Test cricketers.
In a significant amendment to the policy last May, former PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja announced a raise of Rs. 100,000 across all three pension categories.
This means that cricketers who have played 10 or fewer Tests will now receive Rs. 142,000 per month, cricketers who have played 11 to 20 Tests will receive Rs. 148,000, and cricketers who have played 21 or more Tests will receive Rs. 154,000.
It should be noted that the changes to the PCB Players’ Welfare Policy went into effect on July 1, 2022, and only cricketers aged 60 or above are eligible for the pensions.
With this new information, it is clear that the PCB is making efforts to ensure the welfare and financial stability of its retired cricketers, who have dedicated their careers to the sport and have brought pride to the nation.