Pakistan news May 28, 2012

PCB contracts list dated and open to review - Alam


Intikhab Alam, the PCB's director of international cricket operations, has said the board's list of central contracts for 2012 was dated and is open to review. The list of 42 players, which was announced by the PCB on Saturday, was finalised before the squads were selected for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, he said. Subsequently, Mohammad Sami, Yasir Arafat and Rahat Ali, who have been picked for the tour, are without contracts.

Pakistan had extended the pool of contracted players from 28 to 42, and there were several irregularities: apart from the players who missed out, fast-bowler Wahab Riaz, who has been axed from all senior squads following a poor run, was awarded a category C contract. Also, banned Quetta wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan was named under the stipend category. Meanwhile fast bowler Mohammad Talha, who is touted to be a promising prospect but is yet to find a real opportunity in the senior team, missed out despite being contracted in 2011. Talha has played just the one Test, and was last selected the Tests against England earlier this year, but was ruled out due to a back injury.

"This is the list that was finalised before selecting the teams for Sri Lanka tour," Alam said. "Sami, at that time, was nowhere near to national selection, while Talha was unfit and his status was unclear. But now we are open to review [the list] and will definitely look into it."

Bismillah was handed a 12-month ban for fighting in a grade two match at Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala, on April 21. He had challenged the ban before a judicial commissioner of the PCB, and he will not be excluded from the contracts unless the commissioner rules against him, Alam said. "His contact currently is on hold, we will wait for the outcome of his appeal. The contract will be withdrawn if the commissioner upholds his ban."

As per the 2012 contacts, the players have got a hike of 25% in their retainers, and an increase of 10% in match fees. The contracts also feature a minor addition with regards to disciplinary matters, along with a clause that addresses the issues of players who wish to play in county cricket, foreign leagues, exhibition/charity matches and unauthorised cricket.

Some category A players have reportedly shown reservations about signing the contracts, and have sought more time to study them. The cricketers who were playing without contracts since January 2012 (the previous batch of contract expired on December 31, 2011) will be paid once they submit the signed copy of the contract to the PCB.

"We have yet to receive any protest or statements of reservation over the contracts from any player, but we are open to address any sort of reservations the players have," Alam said. "There are no substantial changes in the contracts from the previous ones; we've made a few changes regarding playing overseas cricket and the clauses that address disciplinary matters."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I don't get why Shoaib Malik gets a contract. He is more than just a useless player, he creates rifts in the side. I hope he gets axed for the T20 world cup.

  • Umair on May 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Mr. Umar Farooq - please proof read your articles. There are a few mistakes and any word processing software would have flagged most of those mistakes.

    Thanks for the information in the article.


  • SABIR on May 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    how faisal,I Farhat and Shoaib Mallik got a contract????

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I think one of the player who deservecontract is Fawad Alam. He has performed well in a test and he is very good fielder.His left arm bowling should be developed. He can be a good alrounder for ou test team.We need spinner alrounder in test since Afridi is not playing test.M.Sami should be given cotract.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Contracts by PCB are nothing but joke.Sami should however thank Bandladeshi league that he deservedly found place is in team of all 3 formats (He has hat tricks in TEST,ODI as well as T-20) It will be impossible for him to perform knowing that other forgoten and even banned players have got contracts.There is only one thing certain about PCB that intikhab and Wasim Bari will always remain with PCB (Their combined presence at PCB since making Test Debut in 1959 and 1967 respectively is now only 2 years short of 100 years)

  • hibbatur on May 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Very sad to see Abdul Razzaq discarded like this, he is the most loyal servant of Pakistan Cricket over the years, whenever chips were down the nation depended upon Abdul Razzaq. How Shoaib Malik is better than Abdul Razzaq? Dont we have anyone better than Intikhab Alam to do these tasks? I think he has run his course.

  • Owais on May 29, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    There should not be any place for Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanvir in the any category. These guys just have the LINKS THAT MATTER MOST in Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    poor pcb management. Shame on PCB.

  • Adeel on May 29, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I don't know why such detail are brought to media by PCB... I never saw any contract details of players from any other country...

  • Muhmmad on May 29, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @pak121,read the article M.talha was going to be selected for the SL tour but he was unfit and his status was unclear so M.sami was selected coz they needed a fast bowler who can bowl about 145 150km/h.Now this will be the last chance for sami if he din't prove himself in the series i don't think we r gonna see him again in the pak team.

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