A cricket star who earned a $5.5 million salary when he signed a new contract last year has been left with an unpaid bonus of $5 million.
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, the BCCI said Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq was paid $5,000 more than he earned in 2014.
But in a tweet, the ICC’s cricket body said Misbah had been paid $1 million after a “non-compete clause” was removed from his contract.
The news came as Misbah and his team-mates were due to meet in Dubai later on Tuesday to decide on whether to proceed with the scheduled Test against England in November.
The ICC said Misbahs pay was based on “qualifying factors” and would be finalised before the next Test in England, scheduled for November.
Earlier on Tuesday Misbah told reporters: “The contract is the best in cricket and I’m very proud of it.
The BCCI’s annual report said Misboah’s pay “is not subject to any exclusivity provisions, is subject to payment of the relevant performance-related payments, and is paid out in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct.”””
I am very grateful for my fans and I want them to know that I am very excited to come to England and play for them.”
The BCCI’s annual report said Misboah’s pay “is not subject to any exclusivity provisions, is subject to payment of the relevant performance-related payments, and is paid out in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct.”
“He has been provided with a bonus payment of $1,000,000 for the 2017-18 financial year and a further bonus payment for the 2018-19 financial year,” it added.
The report said the bonus payment was for the five years before the 2017 World Cup in England.
In total, Misbah earned $25.6 million from his lucrative career as a cricketer, which was up from $16.8 million in 2014-15.
The BCCS, the governing body for Pakistan cricket, had also paid him a $3 million bonus.
Last year, Misbah signed a three-year contract worth a total of $8.5million that would have been the highest salary paid by a Pakistani player in the world.
The 34-year-old Misbah is set to make a statement to the board at a special meeting on Monday, and his contract will be reviewed for a new extension before the World Cup.
But the move is expected to raise eyebrows with critics and fans who are angry over the financial mismanagement that was revealed in the report.© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2018