LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set to announce central contracts for players after addition of a few more clauses and will be awarded to players prior to departure for Sri Lanka series on May 28, it has been reliably learnt.

"One of the clauses states clearly that players cannot commit to any event of any nature without prior clearance from the board and another pertains to players not giving any media statement or appearance without the permission of the board," the source confided to this scribe on condition of anonymity.

"Obviously, there will be round-the-clock security and monitoring of the players and they will be advised not to accept any gift from strangers or invite anyone to their rooms except their families or team members," he said.

The source said the players would also be told in clear terms that anyone found in close proximity to any suspicious person or accepting gifts would be sent back home immediately. "The PCB is critical about the enforcement anti-corruption measures and discipline in the team. The management has been told not to compromise on this at all," the source added.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf has directed team manager Naveed Cheema to put in place stringent measures for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour to ensure there is no fixing or any other controversy associated with the players.

"Since the last few tours, the board has made it clear to the players what is expected of them on foreign assignments and adhering to anti-corruption measures form a huge part of their responsibilities," the source said.

The players will be given a proper lecture on anti-corruption and disciplinary issues and the code of conduct they have to follow as national team members, the source claimed.

Pakistan's contracted players are set to get a pay boost of around 25 to 35 per cent from their cricket board (PCB) when the new central contracts list is announced.

Earlier, "Intikhab Alam has been given the task of recommending an increase in pay scale keeping in mind players' performances and also the Board's financial position. He has tentatively recommended an increase of 25 to 35 per cent," said a senior official. The good news for the players is that not only will they get pay rise in their central contracts but also in their present match fees paid out on slab system. "The pay rise will definitely be incorporated in the central contracts but there are 90 per cent chances of this happening in the match fees as well," the official said.

"The matter has already been formally discussed in the governing council meeting where the feeling was that after three years, the players deserve a pay increase," the source added. Pakistani players are paid out monthly salaries in range of 250,000, 175,000 and 125,000 in their central contracts awarded in three categories while the senior-most player earns around 350,000 and 300,000 as Test match and ODI fees.

The PCB also awards special win bonuses beside cash awards for individual performances while also paying out monthly stipends to the 20 best players of each regional association team in different categories for six months of the season. Interestingly the central contracts of the Pakistani players ended on December 31, 2011 and they are still waiting for the new contracts since the last four months.

New PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf has in principle agreed to give a pay raise to the players in their new central contracts but the committee will now decide how much the hike will be.

"The players will get all their dues starting from January 1, 2012 no matter when the new central contracts are announced but they will most likely get them before the team leaves for Sri Lanka on May 27," one board official said.

Sources say the PCB Chairman has advised the committee handling the list of players for the contracts to not just award contracts on seniority or past performances but also take current form, fitness and commitment into consideration. Senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik are expected to get new central contracts after they lost their last year for different reasons.

Newly contracted players can also expect an increase in pay scales after three-and-a-half years of no increment. While the PCB previously issued six-month contracts to 29 players, spread over four categories, the new committee, headed by Iqbal Qasim now aims for a year-long contract for each player.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made fitness tests mandatory for its centrally-contracted players, before they are considered for a contract renewal.

Category A (expected): Misbahul Haq, Younus Khan, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, M Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, M Sami, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq.

Category B (expected): Imran Farhat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Taufeeq Umar, Adnan Akmal, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan and Faisal Iqbal.

Category C (expected): M Talha, Harris Sohail, M Ayub Dogar, Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Afaq Rahim, Raza Hasan, Usman Salahuddin and Yasir Arafat.