Pakistani cricketers unhappy with contracts

February 3rd, 2009 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Shoaib AkhtarKarachi, Feb 3(IANS) Almost a month after being offered contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), several senior players are yet to accept them because they are unhappy with some of the conditions laid down.According to a report Tuesday, new Pakistan captain Younis Khan and vice captain Misbah-ul-Haq are among the 14 players who are yet to sign the contracts.

The senior players, including all-rounder Shahid Afridi, fast bowler Umar Gul, opener Salman Butt and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, are awaiting the return of PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and want to discuss the contracts with him before signing them.

The report said Younis will be representing the players in talks with the PCB chief, who is in Australia where he attended the just-concluded International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.

Among the leading players who have signed the contracts are former captain Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

The PCB offered 27 leading national cricketers the contracts last month. 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 PCB chief heads the committee.

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