Friday, June 26, 2009

Pak Players Demand for IPL Fee Hike after T20 World Cup Win

After IPL organisers announced that the Pakistani players would be welcome to play next season of IPL in 2010 but subject to the clearance from both governments, sources in the sports management company representing players like Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal said they are unlikely to play on their old contractual terms of $100,000 each.

“These players are now iconic figures after winning the T20 World Cup and it makes no sense that they should settle for old terms when other players are being paid in millions,” the source said.

The Pakistani players could not take part in IPL Season 2 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 then thought of either terminating or suspending the contracts of the Pakistani players who had represented them in the first season.

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has said that the franchisees are free to play their Pakistani Players in next season of IPL, provided that the governments of both the countries give the clearance.

On the other hand the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a cash award of Rs 2.5 million for each member of the squad that clinched the Twenty20 World Cup title in England.

The announcement came from the PCB chairman Ejaz Butt a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani had hosted a dinner in honour of the Pakistan squad and also announced a cash award of Rs. 10 million for them. “The team deserves a lot of praise for their hard work and efforts,” Butt said.

Butt made the announcement during a special visit by the players to the Parliament on Thursday on the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza.

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