Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that the recently aroused dispute between the board and players over central contracts is not affecting the team’s performance as such in the lead up to the cricket upcoming ICC World Cup of 2015. PCB’s former Chairman and member of the Board of Governors, Najam Sethi said there was no dispute between the board and the players over the central contracts.
It is thereby wrong to assume that this issue has affected the players’ performances whatsoever in New Zealand and Australia and it could have a bearing on their World Cup as well, Sethi said today in a press conference. The issue is nothing serious and has been sorted out and the players told that new 12-month central contracts will be given to them after the World Cup, he further added.
Sethi, who relinquished his position as Chairman of the board last year under the new constitution, said last year also players were given their new contracts after a five-month delay due to unavoidable reasons.
The PCB had extended the existing central contracts by three months after they expired on December 31st, 2014. But all the 33 contracted players, including the 15 in the World Cup squad, have refused to sign the extended contracts and are demanding a pay hike, 12-month contracts and removal of some clauses in the new contracts. Sethi said he had spoken to the players and the board was in touch with them.
He said the players remained focused on the World Cup and the contracts had nothing to do with their performances. It is thus not as big an issue as it is being made out to be, he added. Pakistan however has already lost back to back two practice games and the two One Day Internationals in New Zealand after the central contracts dispute erupted soon after the squad landed in New Zealand last month.