1. PCB has decided to award contracts to players who have done well in the last 1 year
2. Malik, Junaid, and Hafeez may miss out on central contracts
3. Malik had announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the World Cup
The Pakistan Cricket Board is mulling to award contracts to only 18-20 players as opposed to the current system in which 30 to 33 are centrally contracted.
Senior Pakistan players Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan and Muhammad Hafeez are set to lose their central PCB contracts for the next fiscal year.
A meeting was held at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headquarters on Thursday to discuss the new central contracts structure but ended without a final decision.
“One thing is evident that the board will not offer the fresh agreements to 30 to 33 players and the list of contract players will be reduced to about 18 to 20,” said one credible board source.
Although the players could get enhancements in their monthly salaries and match fees, the board has decided now to only award contracts to players who have done well in the last one year and have a future with the Pakistan team.
“It seems unlikely that Shoaib Malik, Hafeez, Junaid, and some others will get these central contracts now,” Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will only be playing T20 cricket from now onwards while left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir has also announced his retirement from Tests and will only play limited-overs cricket.
“The board also doesn’t feel that Hafeez has a long time ahead of him since he has also said goodbye to Test cricket while Junaid Khan’s fitness has been a matter of concern for some time now,” the source said.
Writer: Himani Ranade