The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to field their 2017 Champions Cup winner, Sarfaraz Ahmed from category A to C in the new central contract, to give to the players in August.
According to the breakdown, the Board has also decided to reduce central contract followers or match costs for players even though the coronavirus pandemic is suspending all cricket activities around the world.
PCB last year in August gave a central contract to only 19 players, removing seniors such as Muhammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik from the list.
The number of players contracted decreased from 32 to 19 according to the Board’s policy decision.
Sarfaraz was saved in category A with Babar Azam and Yasir Shah because at that time he was the captain in all three formats. But in November, the selectors, not only dropped Sarfaraz as captain of the goal-batsman but also as a player of all three formats.
“Sarfaraz has been demoted to category C in the new contract because he is not currently a member of the playing team,” said a PCB source.
The new list of contracted players is being finalized by a committee that includes PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, Director of International Cricket Operations, Zakir Khan and head coach and chief elector, Misbah-ul-Haq.
In the latest central contract, the Council has increased followers by about 25 to 40 percent and this time the source said the PCB committee was considering increasing the cost of Test compatibility despite the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and locking up the whole world.
In the existing contract, the Test match fee is Rs 762,300 for Category A players, Rs 665,280 for Category B and Rs 568,260 for Category C. players
The source said Abid Ali would likely be promoted to Category B with fellow Test opener Shan Masood while Hasan Ali could lose his contract.
Players currently contracted centrally include:
Category A: Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah.
Category B: Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Asad Syafiq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz.
Category C: Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Aamir, Abid Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinari and Imad Wasim.
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