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Dec 25, 2011 at 04:25pm IST

Bilateral ties will take time: Ashraf

Karachi: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf admitted that resumption of bilateral ties with neighbours India will take some time.

Speaking on bilateral relations with India, Ashraf said it will take time to revive cricketing ties between the two countries.

"I was not able to meet my Indian counterpart (N Srinivasan) at the ACC meeting in Singapore. But I am looking forward to meeting him at the next ICC meeting to have a positive dialogue," Ashraf stated.

Resuming bilateral ties will take time: Ashraf

The PCB chief also said the board did not want to appoint a vice-captain for the Pakistan team.

The PCB chief also said that the board didn't favour appointing a vice-captain with the national team as this could lead to "divisions" within the side.

"The naming of the vice-captain could lead to divisions in the team and it will not be good. The team is doing well under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy, so let him continue for as long as he can," Ashraf was quoted as saying by The News.

His comments came after being asked why the board was not grooming someone as future vice-captain as Misbah was not getting any younger.

Ashraf credited Misbah for leading the team well and inspiring them to perform well in recent series. The PCB has not appointed a vice-captain for the last three series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Ashraf also made it clear that he would review the financial benefits given to the players when their central contracts end this year.

"I will look into the central contracts issue and deliberate upon it with my staff to see what we can do for the betterment of the players," he added.

Pakistani players are presently given central contracts in three different categories.

Those in category A are paid a monthly salary of 250,000 Pakistani rupees, the ones in the second division get 175,000, while the players in C category are paid 100,000 per month.

The monthly salaries are not part of the match fees, allowances and bonuses earned by the players.

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