Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal sign central contracts by PCB

PCB made it clear through the team management in Sri Lanka that any player who doesn’t sign the contracts will be deprived of a lot of facilities including insurance and bonuses Getty Images

Lahore: June 4, 2012

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and eight other players in the national team have signed the central contracts offered to them by the Pakistan cricket Board, signaling a moral victory for the authorities.

Well-placed sources in the national team said that Malik and others signed the contracts after learning that the PCB had rejected demands from some players to further increase the pay hike given recently in central contracts and match fees.

The PCB had announced a 25 per cent raise in the monthly central contract retainers and another 10 per cent hike in the match fees.

“Malik signed the contract followed by others including the national T20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and some of the younger players in Sri Lanka and handed it over to the manager,” one source confirmed.

He said so far seniors like the national Test and ODI captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi had not signed the contracts and had told the board they wanted to show the contracts to their legal advisors first.

A row broke out between some players and the board before the team left for Sri Lanka when senior players refused to sign the contracts and demanded an increased pay hike.

But the PCB made it clear through the team management in Sri Lanka that any player who doesn’t sign the contracts will be deprived of a lot of facilities including insurance and bonuses.

While announcing the contracts and pay hikes the board had wanted the players to sign them before leaving for Sri Lanka.

“But now the process of getting the contracts signed is being completed in Sri Lanka by manager, Naved Cheema.” one source said.

The source said players, who will only play the Tests in Sri Lanka including Faisal Iqbal and Taufiq Umar and who are attending a conditioning camp in Lahore, have agreed to sign their contracts this week.

PCB’s legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi said that usually a period of 10 to 15 days is given to the players to sign the contracts as the board gives them time to consult their legal advisors if they feel this necessary.

“Otherwise there is nothing in these contracts that should worry the players. Most of the clauses remain the same and the amendments that were made were made in the last contracts,” he said. (PTI)