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It was later clarified that the award was announced by mistake © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Lahore: In a gaffe, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for a left-arm Pakistani pacer, who bagged five wickets in the semi-final of the national one-day championship, only to retract the prize saying it was meant for the final match. At the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday, Zia-ul-Haq bagged a five-wicket haul to lead National Bank to victory and senior PCB official’s announced the cash prize for the young pacer on national television during the presentation ceremony. Interestingly when the manager of the National bank team, Jameel Ahmed went to the board offices immediately after the match to find out about the encashment of the cheque as he wanted to distribute money among the players, he got the surprise of his life. READ: PCB delegation to appeal against Yasir Shah’s doping ban at ICC headquarters

According to a well-informed source an official in the PCB domestic cricket department, Saqib Irfan informed Jameel that the award was announced by mistake and the cheque was handed over to Zia due to a misunderstanding. “The official told the bank manager that there were no individual awards for the semi-finals and the 50,000 award was meant for the final but by mistake it was announced at the semi-finals by the marketing people,” the source said. READ: Pakistan Super League 2016: PCB aim to rope in global superstars

“Zia was gutted when Jameel informed the youngster about this blunder,” the source added. Zia has already represented the Pakistan under-19 and A teams. The PCB would hope that it does not face such embarrassment in the future by making the terms and conditions of such competitions clear.