The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released a list of 20 players who have received key contracts for the 2021-22 season.
The elite cricketers are divided into four groups: Category A, B, C and Emerging category.
Four players – Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi – was included in the top category.
According to the new central contracts, all players will receive the same match fee when representing Pakistan, regardless of their category. This also applies to players who are not part of the group for 20 men.
“Comparing match fees means that all players who go out together to represent Pakistan will receive the same match fees, regardless of what category they are in, whether they have a central contract or not,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in a press release.
Nine players who were part of the PCB’s annual contract list in 2020-21 were sacked this time around and eight new names were named in the list of 20 men.
However, the PCB chief assured that the players, who were not selected for the annual contracts, will remain in the plans of the selectors.
‘We have seen eight new players emerge who have now been given central contracts. Due to the competitive nature of the central contract system, nine players who had contracts in 2020-’21 unfortunately missed this opportunity. The door remains firmly open for these players and they will remain in the plans of the selectors, “ Wasim Khan added.
Pakistan Central Contract List for Men:
- Category A (25% salary increase) – Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Category B (25% salary increase) Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Fawad Alam, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah
- Category C (25% salary increase) – Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed
- Emerging category (15% increase in salary) – Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir