Lahore: Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez is the highest earner among his colleagues for the year 2015-16, after he took home approximately Rs39 million from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a news agency India reported on Thursday.
In contrast flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who now represents Pakistan in only T20 cricket, earned approximately 18 million rupees. The documents confirm that the PCB is also heavily subsidising domestic cricket.
The list of the top earning players includes national One-Day captain Azhar Ali (30 million rupees), Younis Khan (24 million), Misbah-ul Haq )24 million), Ahmed Shehzad (28 million), Wahab Riaz (29 million), Shoaib Malik (26 million), Asad Shafiq (20 million), Rahat Ali (17 million), Mohammad Irfan (15 million), Umar Akmal (18 million), Junaid Khan (13 million), Zulfiqar Babar (11 million), Anwar Ali (12 million), Muhamamd Rizwan (14 million).
Some of these players have faced problems with the federal taxation and revenue officials over not disclosing their full earnings or non-payment of wealth taxes.
The PCB has been increasing the players fees and monthly central contract retainers since the last two years.