Thatscricket- Cricket News - Boycott is on at whopping fee: PCB

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Former England opening batsman Geoff Boycott will be paid awhopping 30,000 pounds to coach Pakistani cricketers, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed.The PCB dismissed criticism of their "spendthrift" practices and said Boycott will arrive in Pakistan early next month for a two-week coachingsession.PCB chairman Lt. General Tauqir Zia was quoted by sources here as sayingthat they would honor their commitment to Boycott who is "coming to Pakistan on February 5 and will first meet the Pakistan team before they leave for New Zealand and then coach youngsters at the academy".Lt. Gen. Zia said Boycott had been originally scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on February 1, but there was now a slight change to his schedule. "If he gives some tips to youngsters and they transform their skills to meet theinternational level, we would think our work is done," the PCB chief added.The decision to pay Boycott 30,000 pounds for a 15-day stint has outragedpeople and the media in the country. The influential Pakistan newspaper,'Dawn', has led the attack on the PCB officials, which it described as"spendthrifts"."No cricketer in the world is worth that much money for just 15 days. Idon't know what they saw in him, which they couldn't see in their ownplayers," former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad was quoted as saying.Another former Pakistan captain, Intikhab Alam, said, "If the PCB want topay such a huge amount to Boycott, then good luck to them. But it doesn'tmake any sense to me at all."India Abroad News Service

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