PCB forced to award contract to pacer Abdul Rauf

January 12th, 2009 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Jan 12 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to review its central contracts list by including young fast bowler Abdul Rauf in it after the pacer complained in various television interviews that he was treated in an unjust manner.

A PCB spokesman said on Sunday that chief selector Abdul Qadir recommended a C-category contract for Rauf and later the Board chairman, Ijaz Butt, approved the players inclusion in the list.

Raufs inclusion in the elite list came just a day after the pacer complained of unfair treatment meted out to him by the PCB, The News reported.

I am really sad at not being considered for the contract. I dont understand why they ignored me, Rauf said in one of the interviews.

Rauf made his One-day International debut last February against Zimbabwe. He has so far played four ODIs, collecting eight wickets at 26.50.

He was not the only one disappointed after seeing the 26-man list. A number of other talented cricketers were also ignored.

There were also reports that two of the three national selectors were not even consulted over the central contracts.

It was alleged that chief selector Qadir prepared the list all by himself without taking advice from fellow selectors Shoaib Mohammad and Saleem Jaffer.

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam, manager Yawar Saeed and Qadir were the three officials given the task to prepare the list.

Unlike the previous list that was based on performance, the new contracts were based on seniority and even cricketers who did not play a single match for Pakistan in 2008 were given A-category contracts. (ANI)

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