Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 29 July, 2014
PCB, Punjab Govt announce cash rewards for Pak cricket team selectors

 PCB, Punjab Govt announce cash rewards for Pak cricket team selectorsLahore, April 16: The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Punjab Government have announced cash rewards for the national selectors, close on the heels of chief selector Mohsin Khan's demand that the selectors should also be rewarded for the national team's performance.

Pakistan, considered underdogs before the start of the 2011 World Cup, made it to the last four stage of the tournament before their campaign ended in a 29-run defeat at the hands of India in the semi final clash at Mohali on March 30.

Following Pakistan's impressive show in the mega event, Mohsin had demanded that the PCB should also reward the selectors for the national team's performance.

Close on the heels of his demand, both the PCB and the Punjab government announced cash prizes of 500,000 rupees each. Mohsin said that he would be sharing the money with his colleagues.

"I am really grateful to the board and the chief minister of Punjab for their kind gesture in accepting my point of view which was a valid one," The Nation quoted Mohsin, as saying.

Citing the example of Indian selectors, who were given bonuses of 2.5 million rupees each for the Indian team's World Cup triumph, Mohsin said that Pakistani selectors also deserved a similar treatment.

The former Test opener stated that it was necessary for the PCB and the government to reward the players, management and selectors after a good performance, as it would only encourage them to do better in the future.

He pointed out that the selectors had played a vital role in the Pakistan team's resurrection in the last few months, as did the team management and the players.

"I thought all of us equally deserved credit for the team's good show," Mohsin added.

Ever since the Pakistan team returned home from the World Cup, the central and provincial governments have announced cash rewards for the players and officials, but this is for the first time that the selectors have also been given monetary bonuses.

Besides Mohsin, the national selection committee includes four other selectors, including M Ilyas, Azhar Khan and two co-opted members.

Mohsin insisted that he and his colleagues would share the amount, as they all deserved the credit for the team's good showing in the recently concluded tournament.

"My selectors have cooperated a lot with me and backed my decisions and they deserve this reward as much as I do," he said. (ANI)


Spanish courts to prosecute Messi for alleged tax evasion

Lionel MessiLondon, July 29 - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be prosecuted for alleged tax evasion by a Spanish court, despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor that the charges be dismissed.  Read more »

Remy's dream move to Liverpool collapses after striker fails medical

Loic RemyLondon, July 28 - French striker Loic Remy's dream move to Liverpool has reportedly collapsed after the Queens Park Rangers player failed his medical.  Read more »

Bell returns to former form as England dominated India on day two of third Test

England batsman Ian BellLondon, July 29 - England batsman Ian Bell returned to his former form with a first hundred after almost a year as the hosts dominated the second day of the third Test against India in Southampton.  Read more »

Proteas reclaim No 1 Test position on ICC leaderboard post Lanka series win

Johannesburg, July 29 - The South Africa Test team has reclaimed their number one Test position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Championship after defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in the two-match Test series in Colombo.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »

Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

Antonio-Felix-da-CostaLeicestershire, UK: Amlin Aguri have announced that Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver, Antonio Felix da Costa, will join the team for the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September.  Read more »