Pakistani cricketers to take up contract issue with board

February 3rd, 2009 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Shoaib AkhtarKarachi, Feb 2 (IANS) Almost a month after being offered central contracts by the cricket board, several senior Pakistani cricketers are yet to sign the contracts because they are unhappy with some of the conditions.According to a report Tuesday, new Pakistan captain Younis Khan and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq are among the 14 players yet to sign the contracts.

The senior players, who include all-rounder Shahid Afridi, fast bowler Umar Gul, opener Salman Butt and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, are awaiting the return of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt and want to discuss the contracts with him before signing these.

The report said that Younis will be representing the players in talks with the PCB chief, who is in Australian to attend the recently-concluded ICC meetings.

Among the leading players who have already signed the contracts are former captain Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. A total of 27 leading national cricketers were offered central contracts last month by the PCB.

The board came under criticism from various quarters for allegedly ignoring several deserving cricketers while deciding the list of contracted players. Later, the board appointed a review committee to resolve the issue. The committee is headed by the PCB chief.

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