Zimbabwea��s cricketers were given a guarantee of US$12 500 each by the Pakistan Cricket Board before they agreed to tour that country for a historic series last month, ESPNcricinfo has learned.
The tour, the first by a Full Member team since March 2009, went ahead despite advice to the contrary from the Zimbabwe governmenta��s Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC).
The individual payments were part of the US$500 000 the PCB is understood to have paid Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) before the tour. The PCB has not commented on the issue of any financial payments to ZC or the players.
The amount paid to the individual players is substantially more than nationally contracted Zimbabwean cricketersa�� monthly salaries, which are US$6 500 a month at their maximum and comes with the players still waiting to be paid their World Cup fees.
The PCB initially offered Zimbabwea��s players US$10 000 each, which a significant number of players felt was too little given the safety concerns. That was the reason behind ZC issuing a press release on May 14, eight days before the first match, confirming the suspension of the tour on the instructions of the SRC. Less than half an hour later, ZC recanted and said discussions were ongoing between the PCB and ZC. Insiders have revealed this was when the PCB upped their offer to Zimbabwea��s cricketers, offering to pay those that were still wary even more money to make the trip.
An agreement was reached on US$12 500 although one source believes some players may have still negotiated more money. The money is understood to have been paid in two amounts, the first on arrival and the second at the conclusion of the series, which could explain why Zimbabwe stayed on despite a suicide attack during their second ODI. a�� Cricinfo