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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reward support staff as much as players: Waqar

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis believes that it is high time the support staff and management of the national team are rewarded as well as the players for any series or tournament triumph.

Waqar said he was disappointed that until now in Pakistan cricket there was no trend of recognising the efforts of the support staff and management in the good performance of the team.

The former Pakistan captain voiced his views on the issue at a reception for the World Cup squad at the Sindh chief minister's house last night where cash awards of Rs. 550,000 were announced for each player.

Earlier, the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had also distributed the same amount to each player in Lahore while more financial rewards appear to be on way for the players when they attend the Prime Minister's reception in Islamabad on Monday.

"I just think that the management deserves the same treatment as the players," Waqar told reporters.

"Because if a team does not perform well the support staff and management is also held responsible and criticized like the players. So when the team does well the contribution of the support staff and management towards the success of the team should also be recognized," the Pakistan coach said.

Presently, under the payment system prevalent in Pakistan cricket any winnings in a tournament or event are distributed equally among the players. The management is entitled to only a share that is given to a player and the amount has to be distributed among all the support staff.

Even when a player wins individual awards, he keeps 25 percent of the earnings and the rest is distributed among the other players.

The Pakistan team returned home with winnings of around USD 1.1 million for reaching the semi-final of the World Cup which roughly comes to around Rs. 95 million.

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