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Malik, Hafeez among 14 players to lose PCB central contracts

Number of centrally contracted players reduced from 33 to 19

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 8, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Aug 8, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Malik, Hafeez among 14 players to lose PCB central contracts

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reduced the number of players on central contracts from 33 to 19, with veteran middle-order all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik being the most high-profile players axed.

Malik and Hafeez remain available for selection, the board added.

Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah are now the only three players in the A category. Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz have all been placed in the B category.

Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari have been awarded C category contracts.

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan congratulated the players who were offered central contract for the next season.

“We have significantly increased the financial value of the 2019-20 retainers across each category,” said Wasim. “This is over and above what had been agreed in the current agreement, which is due to run until 2021. The PCB has 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.”

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous  August 8, 2019 2:30 pm/ Reply

    On What basis Shinwari wasn’t expelled from the contract and people like Amir Yameen,Junaid Khan, Umer Amin, Umer Khan etc were not added or even knowing that Malik performance in the T20Is is much better then his recent form in ODIs , on what basis they still added someone like Shinwari with worst performances i.e turning the match into the favour of opposition like Last over Against SA IN SA Tour and so on, and not considering Malik keeping in mind his value for our T20I matches.

    If they will still make decisions like these then they all must be fired too from their posts BY the PM

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