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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 12:50 GMT
Waqar welcomes fines scheme
Pakistan's players looked stunned after their defeat
Pakistan were whitewashed by Australia this month
Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has thrown his weight behind a new scheme that will fine his players if they perform badly or prove to be unfit.

The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board follows a 3-0 Test whitewash at the hands of Australia when the side crashed to record low scores of 59 and 53 earlier this month.


Pakistani cricket will improve only with the mutual consent of players and the board
Pakistan captain Waqar Younis

Players can also win bonuses for turning in good individual performances and if Pakistan wins matches.

"I think it will bear positive results and be a great motivation for the players to thwart a defeat and always go for the win," said Waqar.

"I do not see it as a threat and hope that players will do their best to cash in on these incentives.

"Pakistani cricket will improve only with the mutual consent of players and the board and I see full co-operation between them."

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.

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.

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.

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."

Pakistan play two Tests and five one-day internationals

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