US$50 000 deal for PCL players
JOURNEYMEN PLAYERS could earn more than US$50 000 annually when the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League (PCL) bowls off next month.
The cricketers have been formally told of their potential income during the PCL in a letter from board president Dave Cameron dated October 20, three days after the regional governing body was forced to abort a tour of India as a result of the withdrawal of players’ services.
The collapse of the tour had created uncertainty as to whether the franchise tournament would have proceeded with the upgraded remuneration packages which were linked to a new pay agreement that angered the elite players in the West Indies tour party.
The breakdown of PCL fees shows that retainer contracts for the 90 players will be valued at between US$15 600 and US$36 000. Additionally, a player who is selected for each of the ten regional four-day matches will earn US$13 000 and the pay packet will be US$4 900 for a player who appears in the maximum seven matches in the NAGICO Super50 tournament.
It means that a player who represents his franchise for the entire season will pocket between US$33 500 and US$53 900.
In his letter, Cameron told the players the WICB’s investment of US$4.3 million in the PCL was a tangible commitment to cricketers in the region to ensure that they had professional platform to display their skills as part of a well-organised franchise system.
“Naturally there are further opportunities for your annual earnings to be even further enhanced with participation in the Caribbean Premier League, selection to the West Indies A team and West Indies team,” the WICB head said.
“We look forward to you further enhancing your skills and credentials to allow you to exploit these game-changing economic opportunities for regional cricketers.”
In describing the PCL as a revolutionary introduction to the West Indian cricketing landscape which the WICB anticipates will transform West Indies first-class and international cricket, Cameron also told the players the board was pleased the new arrangement would allow them to pursue their passion in a professional environment on a day-to-day basis while providing a stable income.
When the idea of a franchise structure and retainer contracts was first proposed, it was disclosed that one of the main sources of funding would come from a daily fee of US$35 000 shared among West Indies players for every day of international cricket.
The international players had reportedly agreed in principle to an improvement in fees across the domestic game. But they subsequently expressed their dissatisfaction over what they deemed to be significant pay cuts as a result of the signing of a new memorandum of understanding and collective bargaining agreement between the WICB and WIPA.