PCB offers Woolmer ~~incentive bonus package~~

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has promised coach Bob Woolmer an "incentive bonus package" if he succeeds in raising the team's world rankings.

PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja disclosed that although no time frame had been given to Woolmer to improve the rankings of the team in Test and One-day cricket, he was responding to his new assignment with "positive energy".

"But we have offered him some incentives. And he has already shown a lot of positive energy towards his new assignment," Raja said.

The PCB CEO said a meeting would be held with Woolmer in London later this month on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.

"The idea is to simply exchange views with him and find out how he plans to run the show," Raja was quoted as saying in local daily The News.

"Woolmer has already shown a lot of interest in his new assignment and from the little correspondence we have had with him and recent steps taken by him, it is obvious he is making a concerted effort to keep all concerned people in the loop," he added.

Raja said that terms of the contract with Woolmer were finalised but it had yet to be signed.

Pakistan are currently ranked sixth in ODI ratings behind archrivals India on fifth while in Tests they are placed sixth among the ten Test playing nations.

India jumped two places to fourth after their 2-1 victory in the three-Test series in March-April this year.

Raja said PCB was hoping that Woolmer would be able to build a constructive atmosphere and bring out the best in the players.

"We are hoping Woolmer would be able to build a constructive atmosphere in the team and get the players to perform to their optimum. We know he has to start from scratch," he said.

Raja, however, clarified that Woolmer was not here "to change the technique of our players. But to simply blend the outstanding talent we have in our cricket with professionalism and discipline and get maximum output and results from it."

The former captain said Woolmer's appointment had been welcomed in the cricketing circles because of his proven record. "(It is) simply because it is a constructive move to bring someone as high profile and proven as him to help improve the performance of our team."

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