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Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan cricketers to contribute Rs 5 million to government's emergency fund to combat COVID-19

Pakistan's centrally-contracted cricketers will contribute Rs 5 million to the national government's emergency fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan cricketers to contribute Rs 5 million to government's emergency fund to combat COVID-19

Karachi: Pakistan's centrally-contracted cricketers will contribute Rs 5 million to the national government's emergency fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

File image of PCB chairman Ehsan Mani. Twitter/@TheRealPCB

File image of PCB chairman Ehsan Mani. Twitter/@TheRealPCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday said apart from centrally-contracted players contributing Rs 5 million, the employees in the board, up to the senior manager level, will contribute their one day's salary.

Those employed as general managers or on higher posts will give two days' salary to the fund.

"The PCB will collect all these funds and deposit it to the government's coronavirus fund," he said.

Pakistan has recorded more than 1,000 positive cases of the deadly virus, which has claimed more than 19,000 lives all over the world.

"It is the history of the cricket board that we always stand by the government in difficult times," Mani said.

The PCB has already given its high performances centre in Karachi at the National Stadium to be used by paramedical staff working at the special coronavirus hospital set up at the expo centre in the city.

Mani said though cricket has been disrupted by the virus outbreak, it was far more important for the nation to stand by the government and also take all precautionary steps during the pandemic.

Pakistan's centrally-contracted players are entitled to monthly salaries ranging from Rs 5 to 12 lakh besides match fees and other earnings.

Updated Date: March 26, 2020 10:33:24 IST

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