The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced financial assistance to players and technical staff who are facing financial difficulties due to the suspension of sports activities due to Covid-19.
The PCB has announced that it will provide assistance to first-class cricketers and other stakeholders affected by the suspension of domestic and international cricket activities as a result of the lockdown.
According to a statement issued by the PCB, "Apart from first-class cricketers, this assistance will also be provided to match officials, scorers and ground staff from the funds set aside by the PCB in the financial year budget for unforeseen circumstances."
"To ensure the availability of limited funds and assistance only to eligible candidates, the Board has developed rules and regulations for applicants," the statement said.
According to the rules and regulations, "such first-class cricketers who participated in season 208-19 and played at least 91 first-class matches in all five seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19."
'Match officials and scorers who have served in PCB-sponsored competitions in the last two seasons and ground staff who have been employed by Regional, District Cricket Year Associations before January 1, 2013, and are currently inactive but period Must have been employed for at least 8 years.
According to the PCB, "First class cricketers who meet these conditions will be given Rs 25,000, match officials Rs 15,000, scorers and ground staff Rs 10,000."
"Those wishing to benefit from this one-time scheme can contact the PCB at [email protected] from May 2 to May 14," the board said.
"The PCB, through its cricketers and coaches, will also try to reach out to those who meet the conditions and provide adequate time to release funds to deserving people before Eid-ul-Fitr," the statement said.
"The PCB wants to ensure that the names and numbers of the beneficiaries of this scheme will not be disclosed while respecting the privacy of the applicants and keeping the identities of all persons confidential," it added.
It may be recalled that a large number of first-class cricketers have lost their jobs after the decision to abolish departmental cricket, while the PCB had given central contracts to players of the national team and six provincial teams, the number of which is about 2015.
The coronavirus has disrupted cricket activities like other sectors, leaving many scorers, umpires, cricketers, and ground staff in the financial crisis.