A top Pakistan A team official downplayed an incident when the accumulated prize from the EurAsia Cricket Series in Abu Dhabi was equally distributed between the players and the team management against the rules and regulations set by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Former Test cricketer Rashid Khan, who coached Pakistan A to a title-winning triumph in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, told â€˜The Newsâ€™ that a controversy is being cooked up over the distribution of prize money for no rhyme or reason.
â€œThere was an unintentional mistake on the part of team officials while distributing the prize money,â€ said Rashid. â€œBut it wasnâ€™t a case of dishonesty,â€ he stressed.
Pakistan A beat their Indian rivals in the final of the EurAsia Series in Abu Dhabi. The total prize money they earned from the event was US$43,400. The purse was distributed equally among the 14 players and four officials with each member of the squad getting US$2,400.
Rashid claimed that he and fellow officials were unaware that they were flouting the PCB rulebook. According to the Board regulations, the prize money should have been distributed among the 14 players with just the 15th part of the grand total going to the four officials, said Rashid.
â€œSince we won the title by beating India in the final, there was festive mood in the dressing room. It was decided then and there that each one of us would get an equal share from the prize money. At that time we didnâ€™t know it was against the rules,â€ said Rashid.
He added the prize money was only received by the team officials at 10 oâ€™clock in the night just hours before the return flight to Pakistan. â€œAt that time nobody had complained over the issue,â€ he said.
But once the euphoria of the victory subsided, some of the players reportedly lodged a complaint with the PCB and demanded that the officials return their share of the money.
Rashid said since it has become clear that the prize money was not distributed according to the rules, it would be returned to the players soon. Each of the 12 players would get almost $500 more.
This is not the first time that the Pakistan A team has come under the limelight for all the wrong reasons.
Four of its players including skipper Hassan Raza were fined by the PCB after it was confirmed that they spent some hours in a UAE jail after being caught travelling in a speeding car.
Rashid lamented the fact that instead of getting praise for its emphatic win in Abu Dhabi, his team was only dragged into some new controversy every now and then. â€œNobody is highlighting the fact that our team played well and won the title in Abu Dhabi. All they can see or write about are the issues that are not even important enough,â€ he said.
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