Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to Lose Central Contract

All-Rounder Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will be eliminated from the list of cricketers hoping to get a central contract for the 2019-20 season.

According to the sources, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials will meet on Thursday. Further, they will decide the names, who will be awarded the central contract.

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan to lead the meeting. He will discuss the list of likely players for the central contract with Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket and Secretary of the Committee), Mudassar Nazar (Director – Academies), Haroon Rashid (Director – National Cricket) and head coach Mickey Arthur.

In addition to Malik and Hafeez, four to five regular team members may also lose access to contracts. After the meeting, they will conclude the final decision.

The PCB is expected to increase the player’s monthly remuneration along with their match-per-game rates by 20 percent. Board also plans to increase the fees for matches that only represent Pakistan in test cricket.

Last year, the PCB had announced a list of 33 players hired centrally divided into five categories for 2018-19. However, some of the hired players were unable to represent Pakistan at all during the last season.

PCB has decided to reduce the number of players centrally hired from 33 to around 15 to 20 this season.

Cricketers who miss the central contracts will be eligible to obtain a contract from provincial teams according to the new national structure.

The list of Members at the meeting includes Following:

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Asad Shafiq, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imam ul Haq, Usman Shinwari, Shan Masood, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Babar Azam.