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Mohammad Hafeez to be offered higher category central contract by PCB

Mohammad Hafeez to be supplied larger class central contract by PCB

Karachi: Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez shall be supplied a brand new central contract in the next class after he refused to just accept a short-term contract some months again from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The 40-year-old was dropped from the record of centrally contracted gamers final yr in Could together with Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir however after he carried out properly the PCB was pressured to supply him a short-term contract earlier this yr.

Nevertheless, Hafeez did not settle for the provide as he was not completely happy at being supplied a spot in class C.

Based on a dependable PCB supply, Hafeez is the one senior participant who shall be given the brand new central contract from 1 July whereas possibilities of different seniors like Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Haris Sohail getting contracts could be very slim.

File image of Mohammad Hafeez. AFP

File picture of Mohammad Hafeez. AFP

“The cricket committee of the PCB shall be assembly with the top coach, coaches and captain of the nationwide crew when it returns from Zimbabwe after which the chief selector will sit down with the administration and PCB CEO and finalize the record of gamers to be given the brand new central contracts,” the supply mentioned.

The present contracts finish in June and the supply mentioned that because of the prevailing COVID-19 scenario the board can also be contemplating giving gamers some monetary rewards of their contracts for spending lengthy durations within the bio-secure bubbles at residence and on away excursions.

“Hafeez is prone to be supplied a brand new contract in an enhanced class whereas senior batsman and former captain, Azhar Ali is prone to be demoted from class A to B as he’s now enjoying only one format,” he added.

The supply mentioned that the PCB was contemplating giving among the constant performers like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf new enhanced contracts from July, whereas some gamers like Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed and many others might lose their contracts within the new record.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan who has been Pakistan’s main batsman in all codecs in current instances is prone to be retained in class A.

“Rizwan was initially named in class B of the contracts final yr however earlier this yr the board gave him a promotion due to his kind and he shall be retained in class A,” he mentioned.

In-form batsman Fawad Alam, who has scored three centuries since his comeback to the Pakistan crew final yr in July, was additionally not a part of the central contracts for 2020/21 however was later included in class C at identical time when Rizwan was given the promotion.

“Fawad will get a promotion to class B in new contracts due to his excellent performances as will opener Fakhar Zaman who can also be presently in class C.”

In Could final yr, the PCB had introduced central contracts in three classes for 18 gamers, whereas three cricketers — Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain — had been named in rising gamers class.

The PCB pays gamers month-to-month retainers starting from 1.1 million to Rs 500,000 apart from their match charges and bonuses. Gamers who do not get central contracts are paid match charges and bonuses for his or her appearances however do not get the month-to-month retainers.

The supply mentioned the PCB may also take into account enhancing match charges of these gamers who at the moment are solely enjoying Take a look at matches like Azhar, Fawad, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas and many others.

The PCB final yr had additionally introduced a complete pay construction for home gamers which is as under.

The 2020-21 and enhanced month-to-month retainer construction is: Class A+ = 10 gamers, PKR 150,000 per 30 days (66k INR)

Class A = 38 gamers, PKR 85,000 per 30 days (37K INR)
Class B = 48 gamers, PKR 75,000 per 30 days (33k INR)
Class C = 72 gamers, PKR 65,000 per 30 days (28k INR)
Class D = 24 gamers, PKR 40,000 per 30 days (17.5k INR).

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Updated: May 4, 2021 — 1:47 am

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