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PCB pronounces males’s central contracts listing for 2022-23

Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam, together with Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been awarded each pink and white-ball contracts. -File

RAWALPINDI: Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim Thursday introduced males’s central contract lists for 2022-23, giving Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi each pink and white-ball contracts.

The contract will come into impact from Friday, 1 July.

For the primary time, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched separate pink and white-ball contracts, whereas 4 extra gamers have been added to the Rising Class. This implies a complete of 33 gamers, 13 greater than the earlier season, have obtained contracts for the following 12 months.

Amongst the ten gamers who’ve obtained red-ball contracts, Azhar Ali has been promoted to Class A, Abdullah Shafique, Naseem Shah have been positioned in Class C for the primary time together with Saud Shakeel, who has been awarded Class D.

Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali have been retained in Class B and C, respectively, whereas Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah have been handed Class D contracts.

The inclusion of Sarfaraz Ahmed within the central contracts has raised eyebrows with many questioning the logic behind this transfer whereas the previous skipper will not be performing.

PCB announces men’s central contracts list for 2022-23

Eleven limited-over specialists have been awarded white-ball contracts.

Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, who had been in Class B in 2021-22, have been awarded Class A contracts, whereas Haris Rauf has been promoted to Class B. Mohammad Nawaz has been retained in Class C.

Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir have been promoted from Rising to Class D the place they’re joined by first-timers Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Zahid Mehmood.

Within the Rising Class, the PCB has elevated the variety of gamers from three to seven as a part of its technique to “encourage, develop and incentivize” up-and-coming home performers.

Gamers within the Rising Class are: Ali Usman, Haseebullah, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Huraira, Qasim Akram and Salman Ali Agha.

‘Sarfaraz, Rizwan greatest choices in pink ball’

Defending his resolution to present the contract to Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim mentioned Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfraz Ahmed are the most effective wicket keepers in Check cricket and Mohammad Haris is included within the Rising Class for grooming.

When requested whether or not cricketers within the shorter format can’t play in Check, the chief selector mentioned it isn’t that white ball can not play pink contract with central contract

“The perfect gamers within the prime order are seen within the nationwide crew.”

He mentioned that work is being achieved on Sajid Khan’s bowling motion and hoped that Yasir Shah will carry out within the upcoming Sri Lanka sequence.

“I perceive there will likely be just a few disenchanted gamers who’ve missed out on contracts, however I wish to reiterate that we’re not limiting and proscribing ourselves to those 33 gamers. As and when required, gamers from outdoors the listing will likely be included,” Wasim mentioned.

“Now we have additionally expanded our class of rising cricketers from three to seven as it is extremely necessary for us to groom these cricketers who’ve potential to make it to the highest stage and provides an incentive to these gamers who’ve excelled in our home tournaments.”

Salient options of latest central contracts:

  • 10 per cent enhance in match charges throughout all codecs
  • Improve in match payment for non-playing members from 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the general match payment
  • Introduction of a captaincy allowance to compensate the crew captain for the extra tasks that comes with that function
  • Allocation of an quantity for present gamers with the goal to handle and cut back the workload of elite gamers and to make sure that they’re absolutely match, prepared and contemporary every time they play for Pakistan

Crimson and white-ball contracts (5):

Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (all Class A), Hasan Ali (red-ball Class B, white-ball Class C) and Imam-ul-Haq (red-ball Class C, white-ball Class B)

Crimson ball contracts (10):

  • Class A – Azhar Ali
  • Class B – Fawad Alam
  • Class C – Abdullah Shafique, Naseem Shah and Nauman Ali
  • Class D – Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah

White-ball contracts (11):

  • Class A – Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan
  • Class B – Haris Rauf
  • Class C – Mohammad Nawaz
  • Class D – Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir and Zahid Mehmood

Rising contracts (7):

Ali Usman (Southern Punjab), Haseebullah (Balochistan), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Haris (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Huraira (Northern), Qasim Akram (Central Punjab) and Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab).

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