Shahid Afridi was recently appointed Pakistan's T20 captain © AFP
Shahid Afridi was recently appointed Pakistan’s T20 captain © AFP

Karachi: Sep 23, 2014

Pakistan‘s flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi along with three other cricketers have been penalised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing fitness evaluation tests.

Besides Afridi, spinners, Abdur Rehman and Reza Hasan and batsman, Umar Akmal have been penalised 25 percent of their monthly central contract salaries for four months.

“The PCB is very serious about players meeting required fitness standards. Besides penalising players we have also rewarded some players with incentive raises in their monthly salaries or retainers for improving upon given fitness standards,” a PCB official said.

The players who will get incentive payments include national team captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, Bilawal Bhutto, Shaan Masood, Umar Amin and Ahmed Shehzad.

While Masood and Amin have been given incentive raise of 17.5 percent in their monthly salaries for four months the rest of the players will get a 10 percent increase.

“The Board held fitness evaluation tests from September 6 to 8 in Lahore in which some 28 players were invited. The decisions have been taken based on results of those tests,” media manager, Agha Akbar said.