New PCB contracts may spark dissent in team

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Give the seniors their due, says ex-Pak skipper Ramiz RajaLahore: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja fears that Pakistan Cricket Board"s (PCB) new central contracts might sow seeds of dissent among players in the national team.

According to The News, the PCB awarded enhanced and revised one-year central contracts to 15 players earlier this month excluding fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and some other senior players while upgrading junior players into top categories. It also announced special retainers for other players.

He was particularly upset on the bracketing of senior leg spinner Danish Kaneria with Fawad Alam who has played just three one-dayers in Category C, saying this step has raised eyebrows in cricketing circles across the country.

Ramiz said he didn"t agree with the new system simply because it didn"t give any points for seniority. “When I was the chief executive of the board I strongly opposed the central contracts system.

“In the new system there is no consideration for seniority and performances really. Historically, Pakistan cricket has always been sensitive over seniority issues," he was quoted, as saying.

He, however, supported the promotion of Misbah-ul Haq as vice-captain and in category A.

“Simply because, he deserves it by dint of his recent performances. And he clearly has a few years of cricket left in him," he said.



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