Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez misses out as PCB announces central contracts
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced annual central contracts list. The list did not include all rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Both all rounders have been left out from PCB’s annual central-contracts list for the 2019-2020 season. The board has reduced players and categories , now there are 19 players in the list (previously the list held 33) and three categories (previously the list held five).
Shoaib Malik, who announced his retirement from ODIs, has been missed out from the list-awarded players along with all rounder Mohammad Hafeez. While fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, saw demotion. Pakistan Cricket Board has added just three players in A category. PCB’s new system has increased a significant financial value of the contracts. It has jumped in the range of 25-40% across the categories.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan Said: “I want to congratulate all those who have been offered central contracts for the next season, We have significantly increased the financial value of the 2019-20 retainers across each category. This is over and above what had been agreed in the current agreement, which is due to run until 2021.”
“The PCB have set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract. We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets.” he further added.
Other notable players missing from the contract list are Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Rahat Ali, Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat and Usman Salahuddin.
Category A: Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah
Category B: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz
Category C: Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari