|Pakistan players irked by Ramazan ban|
28 July 2012
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) policy of not allowing 2013 World Twenty20 probables to play in Ramazan tournaments is irritating players who want match practice under their belt before future international events.
The PCB has barred the probables to feature in Ramazan T20 tournaments, stating that permission will be given after the One-Day International (ODI) squad is announced for the Australia series in the UAE.
However, several players have urged the PCB to let them have valuable match practice instead of training alone.
“Playing matches and being on the field is very different than training on your own or in the nets,” a senior member of the Pakistan squad told The Express Tribune.
“Matches bring the best out of a player and we need this practice before future tours.”
Several national team players have said that the televised tournaments will also increase their chances of making a strong impression on the selectors and help them make the cut.
“The ODI squad against Australia is yet to be announced so if any player performs outstandingly, he will definitely leave an impact on the selectors,” said another player.
Ramazan T20 tournaments also allow Pakistan internationals to earn substantial amounts of money as they are given match fees and a monthly salary from clubs and departments to play as a guest player.
The organisers have shown their frustration as well as the shine on their tournaments has been taken off.
PCB to give permission after ODI selection
Meanwhile, a senior PCB official said that it is likely that the board will allow some players to play in these tournaments once the ODI squad against Australia is to be announced in few days.
“Those who don’t make the cut for the ODI series will be given the permission to play in Ramazan tournaments,” said the official. “But those who are part of the ODI and Twenty20 squads will not be allowed to appear in these events.
“These players can pick up an injury and we can’t afford that ahead of major assignments.”
|See Also in Sports News|
|England thrash South Africa to reach final|
20 June 2013
LONDON - Hosts England cruised into the Champions Trophy final with a seven-wicket win on Wednesday after South Africa once again underlined their reputation as cricket's 'chokers'. Alastair's Cook men outplayed the Proteas after electing to bowl on an overcast day at the Oval where England had lost to the West Indies in the final of the same event in 2004.
South Africa were reduced to 80-8 by the 23rd over before a record ninth-wicket partnership of 95 between David Miller and Rory ... Full Story
|PCB mulling performance based pay for players|
20 June 2013
KARACHI - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is thinking of introducing a performance based pay package for the players in the wake of the national team's disastrous performance in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. Ironically, although the Board has since last year twice given pay raises to the players in their central contracts and match fees, this has not reflected in their performances.
In the Champions Trophy, Pakistan lost all its three group matches to crash out of the ... Full Story
|Confident India take on resurgent Sri Lanka in semi-final today|
20 June 2013
CARDIFF - Unbeaten so far, a confident India would be up against a massive challenge when they take on sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka, a team on the ascendancy after a slow start, in the semifinal match of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.
India will be the fancied team on paper but the Lankans are also on a high after defeating both England and Australia en route to the semifinal, which would be a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai.
While India were the first team to make ... Full Story