Mohammad Hafeez (right) missed the Big Bash to represent Pakistan in the Test series against Sri Lanka © AFP
Karachi: Jan 10, 2014
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refused to provide any compensation to national Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, who had to miss theBig Bash tournament in Australia because of the national team’s Test commitments.
A reliable source in the PCB told PTI that unlike previous instances when some senior players were compensated for skipping or cancelling contracts in foreign leagues, this time the board has adopted a different stance.
“The acting chairman, Najam Sethi recently conveyed it very clearly to Hafeez that the board was not in a position to compensate him for missing the Big Bash for which he was offered a contract,” the source said.
He said Hafeez pulled out of the Big Bash event because it clashed with the Test series with Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates this month.
“But Hafeez had tried to convey to the chairman through a third party that he should be given some compensation for his cancelled contract with the Australian side,” the source said.
“Sethi also made it clear that the board was facing a financial crunch because of international teams not touring Pakistan since 2009 and was also cutting down on other expenses,” he added.
In the past, the PCB has compensated senior players for missing or cancelling contracts with foreign leagues including Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Gul.
Yousuf, in fact, was paid a whopping amount of around Rs 10 million for pulling out of a contract with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008.
The source said Sethi had, however, conveyed to the players that their request for a pay raise in the new central contracts would be given consideration and they could get a small hike in their central contracts between 10 to 15 per cent.