Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has awarded Central Contracts to 28 players in A, B, C and Stipend Categories. These Contracts are for a period of 6 months from 1st July to 31th December, 2011.
Former captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria have been droped from the list of players awarded contracts.
Malik, Kamran, and Kaneria were not considered for central contracts because they have not been cleared of match fixing.
“As long as Malik and Kaneria are not cleared by the PCB integrity committee, a meeting of which is scheduled for August 15, they will not be considered for the contracts,” said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director Intikhab Alam.
The Board also did not award central contracts to former limited-over skipper Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar as they have announced their retirements from international cricket.
Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, who were banned from international cricket following the spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010, were also left off the list.
Veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf also lost out on a central contract this year.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Adur Rehman were placed in the ‘A’ category and will receive a monthly salary of Rs250,000.
Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz and Taufiq Umar were in the latest ‘B’ category and will receive Rs175,000 a month.
Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Adnan Akmal, Yasir Shah, Rameez Raja and Sharjeel Khan were given ‘C’ category status and salaries of Rs100,000.
The names and categories of the players are :
Category A – Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.
Category B – Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz, Taufeeq Umar.
Category C – Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Adnan Akmal, Yasir Shah, Rameez Raja, Sharjeel Khan.
Stipend Category – Mohammad Talha, Aizaz Cheema, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hassan, Mohammad Ayub Dogar.