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Monday, 28 October, 2002, 14:04 GMT
Pakistan threaten players
Pakistan's players looked stunned after their defeat
Pakistan were whitewashed by Australia this month
Pakistan players are to be fined in future if they perform badly or prove to be unfit.

The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) comes after the side were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia in a Test series at neutral venues earlier this month.

PCB chairman Tauqir Zia offered his resignation after the team were bowled out for successive record lows, but it was rejected by president Pervez Musharraf.

Under the plan, players will lose 20% of their match fees for every match lost but receive a bonus of the same amount when they win.

Javed Miandad
Minadad has been asked to coach
Senior team-members currently earn around 300,000 rupees (3,300) for each one-day international they play.

The also receive bonuses of 100,000 rupees (1,100) for individual feats such as scoring a century or taking five wickets in an innings.

The new regulations provide for a penalty of up to 60,000 rupees for players who report unfit.

"The team physio, trainer and doctor will determine the amount of fine," PCB spokesman Sami-ul Hasan said.

Pakistan's next international engagement is in Zimbabwe, where they play two Tests and five one-day internationals.

The selectors on Sunday recalled batsmen Inzamam-ul Haq and Yousuf Youhana for the trip, after the pair recovered from injuries.

Former Pakistan captains Javed Miandad and Hanif Mohammad have been asked to help coach players before the Zimabawe tour.

"The idea is basically that we should work individually with the players and try to see if they are making basic mistakes and sort it out," Miandad said.

"The time is very short for us to really work properly but we will do our best."

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