Naseem Shah and Iftikhar Ahmad are the two new faces on the 18-man main list for the 2020-21 season, which will take effect on July 1, while the Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed Azhar Ali as Test and Babar Azam as ODI and T20I to be captains for the period where Pakistan is scheduled to play nine Tests, six ODI and 20 T20I, in addition to the Asian Cup and the ICC World Cup Mens T20 World 2020.
Naseem Shah became the youngest Test bowler in history to take fifers and hat-tricks in successive tests against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Karachi and Rawalpindi, respectively. Iftikhar, which has the best average and attack rate in T20I among Pakistani batsmen, played two tests, two ODI and seven T20I in the 2019-20 season.
Naseem’s bowling partner, Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took the most Test goal for Pakistan in the 2019-20 season, was one of four players who got promoted.
Shaheen, taking 18 Tests and two T20I goalposts, has climbed in Category A, while Abid Ali (174 runs in three Tests and 74 runs in ODI), Mohammad Rizwan (212 runs and 16 dismissals in five Tests, 50 runs and two dismissals in five T20Is) and Shan Masood (396 running in five Tests) have been awarded with a place in Category B.
In addition, and as part of its commitment and strategy to reward young high-performing cricket players, PCB has created a New Developing Players Category, and the people inaugurated initially were Haider Ali and fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain.
Haider is a prominent batsman for the Pakistan Emerging and U19 teams, while Haris and Hasnain show their skills, skills and utilities in cricket with limited overs.
In addition to the three and to better recognize the players who have performed very well in the 2019-20 season and / or are in and around the Pakistani men’s national team, PCB is in the process of creating improved domestic contracts for the 2020-21 season so they remain valued and motivated.
Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have lost the central contract but will remain in a dispute over selection in what will be a busier cricket season compared to that which has just ended, while Imam-ul-Haq, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah have slipped one category each.
Pakistan’s son and national team head coach and coach Misbah-ul-Haq said: “The philosophy and criteria for a list of merit-based center contracts is simple and straightforward: selectors review player performance in the past 12 months and then look forward to our team requirements in 12 months future.
“I thank the Chair of PCB for supporting our recommendation to give a new player contract to Haider, Haris and Hasnain. This is part of our strategy of being forward-looking and investing in the future, while also encouraging potential national team players in the future. I am sure this will motivate a number of young people in domestic cricket 2020-21 to reach the level expected and get such incentives.
“I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for getting the captain’s extension. This is truly the right decision because they also need certainty and clarity about their role in the future. I am sure they will now begin to look to the future and start planning so they can build the side that can do at the expected level.
“The selectors have made the difficult decision to leave Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering that Hasan missed most of the season due to injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on the cricket ball, this is the right step. However, Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain at odds because we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistani men’s cricket team and also guide our young bowler’s battery quickly.
“Rizwan has been promoted to Category B after becoming a permanent member of the team, while Sarfaraz has been placed in Category B because he has so many features in our future plans. We have some formidable cricket players over the next 12 months where we potentially need Sarfaraz’s knowledge and experience. “
List of PCB Men Center Contracts for 2020-21:
1. Azhar Ali (Central Punjab)
2. Babar Azam (Central Punjab / King of Karachi)
3. Shaheen Shah Afridi (North Qalandars / Lahore).
1. Abid Ali (Sindh / Lahore Qalandars)
2. Asad Shafiq (Sindh / Multan Sultans)
3. Haris Sohail (Balochistan)
4. Mohammad Abbas (South Punjab)
5. Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / King of Karachi)
6. Sarfaraz Ahmed (Gladiator Sindh / Quetta)
7. Shadab Khan (North America / Islamabad)
8. Shan Masood (South Punjab / Sultan Multan)
9. Yasir Shah (Balochistan / Peshawar Zalmi).
1. Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / Lahore Qalandars)
2. Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / King of Karachi)
3. Imad Wasim (North King / Karachi)
4. Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan / Peshawar Zalmi)
5. Naseem Shah (Central Punjab / Quetta Gladiator)
6. Usman Shinwari (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / Lahore Qalandars)
New Player Category
1. Haider Ali (North / Peshawar Zalmi)
2. Haris Rauf (North Qalandars / Lahore)
3. Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh / Quetta Gladiator)