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Mohammad Hafeez leaves the pitch after losing his wicket for 42 runs at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England on July 25, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Mohammad Hafeez leaves the pitch after losing his wicket for 42 runs at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England on July 25, 2016.

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), Press Trust of India reported on Thursday.

According to documents sent by the PCB to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Co-ordination for the fiscal year 2015-16, it paid some 46 cricketers around Rs550 million as their fees and bonuses for all formats of the game.

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Players representing the national side in all three formats are among the highest earners. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed earned around Rs33 million rupees, whereas former T20I captain Shahid Afridi earned Rs18 million.

The documents also confirmed that the board is heavily subsidising domestic cricket.

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The list of top earning players is as follows:

1. Mohammad Hafeez (Rs39 million)

2. Sarfraz Ahmed (Rs33 million)

3. Azhar Ali (Rs30 million)

4. Wahab Riaz (Rs29 million)

5. Ahmed Shehzad (Rs28 million)

6. Shoaib Malik (Rs26 million)

7. Younus Khan (Rs24 million)

8. Misbahul Haq (Rs24 million)

9. Asad Shafiq (Rs20 million)

10. Shahid Afridi (Rs18 million)

11. Umar Akmal (Rs18 million)

12. Rahat Ali (Rs17 million)

13. Mohammad Irfan (Rs15 million)

14. Muhammad Rizwan (Rs14 million)

15. Junaid Khan (Rs13 million)

16. Anwar Ali (Rs12 million)

17. Zulfiqar Babar (Rs11 million)

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The board has been known for increasing fees and monthly central contract retainers since the last two years.

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