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PCB announces cash prize for team

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2007 21:12 IST

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Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for each player of its team for making the summit clash of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.

"The PCB Chairman has announced 500,000 each for the players for winning the semi-final. Obviously if we win the final there will be more rewards for the players," Ehsan Malik, media manager of the team, told PTI from Johannesburg.

The Board had earlier announced a prize money of USD 10,000 to each player for humbling Australia.

Malik said the players were not under pressure ahead of the final against arch rivals India on Monday.

"Obviously, there is always expectation from the team when we play India but the players are relaxed and believe it does not matter who they play in the final. They have to play well and to their strength to win it," he said.

Pakistanis in South Africa and from all over the world were sending sms', e-mails and making calls to wish the team luck.

Malik said President Pervez Musharraf had called up captain Shoaib Malik after the semi-final win over New Zealand and wished him luck for the final.

"The President was very happy with our performance and he told Malik to keep it up in the final. He was happy with the spirit in which we had played the tournament." Malik insisted the players had no preferences about their opponents in the final after they beat the Kiwis.

"The team has no preferences. But yes, the players do have the preliminary round defeat to India at the back of their minds."