LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board will award central contracts to 25 players this year on the basis of seniority but would reduce the special benefits and individual performance rewards due to financial crunch. In the new contracts the players would be divided into three categories based on seniority instead of the old system based on performance. "Coach Intikhab Alam will submit guidelines for the new central contracts which would be debated by the board and then finalised. But it has been decided to award contracts to 25 players based on seniority," a PCB official said. "Intikhab would take into account the suggestions by the players while finalising guidelines for the new contracts while chief selector Abdul Qadir would finalise the names of the 25 players to be given central contracts," the official said.He said there was no danger of players revolting against the cut in special benefits to them in the new contracts as their match fees and retainers would not be affected and could be increased. "The players have to understand the board is going through a crunch time and we have embarked on a mission to cut budgetary expenses in all areas of board administration and also curtail the workforce to save money," he said. He said in future whether to give extra bonuses would be given or not will be decided by a special committee but this provision will not be part of the contracts. "It would no longer be possible for us to give special amounts. But we will form a special committee which would decide on awarding extra bonuses to players in case of some outstanding performance but it would not be part of the contracts," he said.