Pak players ask IPL for a hike in pay

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 19:16 [IST]
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Pak players ask IPL for a hike in pay

Karachi: Pak cricketers are set to encash their Twenty20 World Cup triumph and ask for a hike in the existing contracts with their respective Indian Premier League franchisees next season.

IPL organisers had earlier welcomed Pak players to play in the next season subject to clearance from both goverments. Pakistan players After IPL like Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul or Kamran Akmal are they are unlikely to play on their old contractual terms of USD 100,000 each.

The Pakistani players missed second season of IPL this year after the Pakistan foreign ministry advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against sending players to India after the Mumbai terror attacks.

The franchisees concerned then either terminated or suspended the contracts of the Pakistani players who had represented them in the first season.

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has said franchisees were free to play their Pakistani signings next season provided the governments of the two countries give the clearance.

"Recently a senior official of the sports management company visited India and met with Modi and other franchise officials regarding the contractual issues of the Pakistani players who were not informed whether they would receive payments as per their contracts or these were terminated or suspended because they didn't play in the second season," one source said. 

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He said the official had spoken to the IPL organisers about the possibility of Pakistani players taking part in the next IPL season.

"But now with the Pakistan having won the World Cup obviously the scenario has changed and it is unlikely the players will go back on their old contractual terms as they feel their value is greater now," the source said.

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