PCB paying millions on taxes of Woolmer and Co

Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will end up spending an extra amount of approximately 20 to 25 million rupees on the qualified foreigners it has hired for the national team and academy, 'The News' has learnt.

"This amount which is not exact but a reliable figure is what the board will pay as taxes over a three-year period on the salaries/incomes of coach Bob Woolmer, team trainer Murray Stevenson, physiotherapist Darren Lifsun and academy trainer Grant Compton," a well-placed source said on Tuesday.

He said the board would be paying the royal amount in taxes for what Woolmer and company were earning until the 2007 World Cup because this was a clause to which Chairman Shaharyar Khan and former chief executive Rameez Raja had agreed to when signing the contracts last year.

"This basically means that the contractual figures being quoted for Woolmer by the board are not exactly 100 percent correct since they don't mention the taxes that the board would pay on his earnings directly to the government," the source said.

Woolmer reportedly is being paid around Rs 800,000 monthly besides other perks and the board has said time and again in the past that his contract amount was no different to that paid to former coach Javed Miandad.

Normally, according to a well-known tax consultant and lawyer, when a foreigner works in Pakistan for a Pakistani company, his contract includes the taxes to be deducted from his earnings and taxes are deducted by the concerned company from his salary.

All of Pakistan's players pay taxes applicable on their income themselves. But in the case of Woolmer and the other support staff clearly the board has bent backwards in its interest to hire him last year in place of Miandad.

The source said he had no idea as to who had worked out this clause in the contract with Woolmer which was obviously greatly beneficial to the former England player. "Perhaps at that time since Shaharyar and Rameez were convinced he was the best man to improve Pakistan cricket and the results of its team, they didn't bother about the extra amount," he added.

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