LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board will pay dues including match fees and other payments of the series against Bangladesh, England and the Asia Cup to the players after announcing the new contracts those already been expired on December 31,  2011, a spokesman of the board said on Monday.PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said while it was correct that players had not been paid some dues for the last few months but it was not an unusual situation. “Payments for different series usually take two to three months for clearance. And the players will get their central contract retainer payments from January 1, 2012 whenever the board announces the new list of centrally contracted players,” Sarwar added. Interestingly, the Pakistani players have been subjected to long delays in clearance of their dues since the tenure of former chairman Ijaz Butt, who made it clear that due to the refusal of international teams to tour Pakistan because of security concerns, the PCB’s financial position was a difficult one. A board official reportedly admitted that during Butt’s tenure, the earnings of the PCB were hit badly since the board could not earn much from ‘home’ series that had to be played at neutral venues. “Yes, it is true that when Butt was in power the financial health of the board was not very good but in the last one and half year a lot of money has come to the PCB as part of our share of the different ICC tournaments,” he said. The official said the PCB had also got compensation from the ICC after losing the right to host the matches in Pakistan due to security concerns.  The PCB has said it intends to give a pay raise to the players in the new central contracts and for this purpose had constituted a committee headed by Intikhab Alam to make recommendations.  “The committee has given its recommendations for pay boosts but the matter will be finalised and the new list of contracted players will be announced soon after the Chairman of the board returns home after attending the ICC meeting,” a source said.  On the other hand, players are expecting a pay raise of 20 to 25 percent in their central contract retainers and also in their match fees in all three formats of the game.