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PSL In Trouble; Have The Players Not Received Payment? PCB Replies

Islamabad United players lifting the PSL 2024 trophy (PCB)Islamabad United players lifting the PSL 2024 trophy (PCB)

The PCB has denied Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) claims of players facing delayed payment issues in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

On March 27, the FICA claimed that one in four experienced players in sanctioned franchise-based leagues have experienced payment issues. Apart from PSL, the association also targeted Bangladesh’s BPL, Sri Lanka’s LPL, Canada’s Global T20, USA’s Major League Cricket, Abu Dhabi T10 as well as BCCI’s IPL and WPL for denying timely renumerations to participating players.

PCB’s director of international cricket operations, Usman Wahla, has however denied that PSL has ever paid their players late. The cricketer administrator claimed that the board has already sent a written note to FICA to rectify the same in their report.

PCB counters FICA claims, denies player payment issues

While speaking with ESPNCricinfo, Usman Wahla challenged FICA’s claims against PCB, and stated that no player has ever faced any payment issues in PSL. He said:

“There is no - and never has been - any delay in player payments in any of our nine PSL seasons… we have written to FICA to rectify this in their document.”

Interestingly, star Australian all-rounder James Faulkner reportedly pulled out of the PSL 2022 season, alleging that the PCB failed to honor his playing contract at the time.

The PCB recently staged the PSL 2024 season in Pakistan. The Islamabad United franchise, led by Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan, guided his team to an emphatic two-wicket win in the final against Multan Sultans to lift their third PSL trophy.