June 28th, 2006

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Top players to make Rs2.4m each through central contracts

The top national cricketers including the skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq are pleased with the pay rise that assures them an annual income of Rs 2.4 million through the central contracts, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Tuesday.

The PCB has given its leading players a 25 percent increment in a new 12-month contract that comes into effect from July 1. A total of 20 players have been kept in the central contract system that has several slabs while 12 more cricketers have been give a monthly retainer.

“The new contracts have been worked out by the PCB ad-hoc committee and all the players are happy on getting a raise,” said Abbas Zaidi, the PCB’s Director of Board Operations.

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Pakistan against third umpire appeals proposal

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Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan would be like a man on a mission when he attends the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual meetings in London next week.

While in London, he plans to oppose a proposed new rule that would allow players to appeal decisions to the third umpire during the ICC Executive Board meeting in London on July 2.

On the sidelines of the ICC moot, he would meet his Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar to sort out a potentially problematic issue pertaining to the venue of the 2011 World Cup final. The event is to be jointly hosted by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both Pakistan and India are interested to host the final.

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Injured Vaughan to see new specialist

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England captain Michael Vaughan is to see a new specialist on Thursday as he tries to get his recovery from a potentially career-ending knee injury back on track.

Following a meeting between the Yorkshire and England medical staffs on Monday, an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement on Tuesday said: “It has been decided that Michael Vaughan should be referred to a specialist on Thursday for a further assessment of his injured right knee. A further update will be issued in due course.”

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Shaharyar confident pace battery will shine

ShaharyarNational cricket chief Shaharyar Khan on Tuesday put his faith in Pakistan’s young pacers saying that they have the guts to guide the national team to glory in England this summer.

“We might have to do without our leading pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan in England which is a disappointment but I must say that we have a lot of hope in our young bowlers. They can help us win,” he said.

Pakistan have already left for England without the injured Shoaib and Rana and there are fears that the injured duo might not play any role in the four-match Test series against England.

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Pace trio can unsettle Pakistan

England need at least three of the four pacemen who helped win the Ashes to play if they are to beat Pakistan, according to Rashid Latif.

The former Pakistan captain told BBC Sport: “If Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff are fully fit, England can win the Test series.”

He said the continued absence of Simon Jones was a shame for all cricket fans. “I hope he will be fit in the future. All the world wants to see Simon Jones bowling,” said Latif.

Wicket-keeper Latif is a veteran of three tours to England, having made his debut in the Oval Test in 1992, helping Pakistan win the deciding match in the series.

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Yousuf guides nervous Pakistan to Scotland win

Mohammad_Yousuf Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq guided a jittery Pakistan to a five-wicket win as they began their UK tour here in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Pakistan wobbled on 93 for five, but they eventually eased home with 37 balls to spare. However, Scotland can be proud of their efforts, especially the stand of 113 between Ryan Watson and Neil McCallum which was the backbone of their total.

The packed Grange ground was treated to a decent day’s cricket, starting with impressive bowling from Pakistan, followed by the Watson-McCallum alliance, a fine spell from Paul Hoffmann and the elegance of Yousuf and Razzaq. However, at the end the international skill and calmness of Pakistan proved too much for Scotland.

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