LAHORE  - The pay hike announced by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the central contracts and match fees has not been received well by many of the leading national team players. Sources said that captain Misbah-ul-Haq, senior batsman Younus Khan and T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez had already held discussions on the issue soon after the new central contracts and retainers were announced on Friday night.

“Some of the players are not happy with the 25 per cent and 10 per cent hikes as they feel keeping in mind the rising inflation they deserved a better deal,” one source close to the players said. “The players are also grumbling that the board as it is took three years to give a pay raise and even now it is not enough for them,” one source said. The PCB announced the list of players who have been given central contracts for the year 2012 after a delay of four months as the last contracts had expired in December last year. One reliable source confirmed that most of the players who are leaving on the tour to Sri Lanka early Monday morning have refused to sign the contracts.

“The players feel that the board should have given them more time to have the contracts vetted by their legal advisors and it is not possible for the players to sign the contracts at such short notice,” the source said. Pakistan team manager, Naved Cheema said that there was no deadline set by the board for the players to sign the contracts.

“The longer the players take to sign the contracts and return them back to the board their payments will be delayed,” Cheema said. Interestingly match and tour fees, central contract retainer payments and other bonus payments to the players have been held up for the last four months by the board for various reasons.