Mohammad Hafeez to be offered a new central contract by PCB

Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez will be offered a new central contract in a higher category after refusing to accept a short-term contract a few months ago from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The 40-year-old was taken off the list of centrally contracted players last year in May along with Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir, but after performing well, the PCB was forced to offer him a short contract. term earlier this year.

However, Hafeez did not accept the offer as he was not happy to be offered a Category C spot.

According to a reliable source from PCB, Hafeez is the only senior player to receive the new central contract as of July 1, while the chances of other seniors like Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Haris Sohail of securing contracts are very slim. .

“The PCB cricket committee will meet with the head coach, coaches and captain of the national team upon their return from Zimbabwe, after which the chief selector will sit down with the PCB management and CEO and finalize the list of players to donate. the new central contracts, ”the source said.

Existing contracts end in June and the source said that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the board is also considering giving players financial rewards in their contracts for spending long periods in the bio-bubbles. safe at home and when touring outdoors.

“Hafeez will likely be offered a new contract in an improved category while senior drummer and former captain, Azhar Ali will likely be demoted from category A to B as he now only plays one format,” he said. added.

The source said the PCB is considering giving some of the consistent artists like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf new and improved contracts from July, while some players like Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed, etc. could lose their contracts in the new list.

Goalkeeper-beater Mohammad Rizwan, who has been Pakistan’s top batsman in all formats lately, will likely be retained in Class A.

“Rizwan was originally named in Category B contracts last year, but earlier this year the board promoted him because of his form and he will be retained in Category A,” he said. declared.

In-form batsman Fawad Alam, who has scored three centuries since returning to the Pakistan squad last year in July, was also not part of the core contracts for 2020/21 but was later included in Category C at the same time that Rizwan was awarded. the promotion.

“Fawad will get promotion to Category B in new contracts due to his superb performance, as will opener Fakhar Zaman who is also currently in Category C.”

In May last year, the PCB announced core contracts in three categories for 18 players, while three cricketers – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain – were named in the emerging players category.

The PCB pays players monthly fees ranging from 1.1 million to Rs 500,000 in addition to their match fees and bonuses. Players who do not get central contracts receive match fees and bonuses for their appearances, but do not receive the monthly fee.

The source said the CCP may also consider increasing the match fee for players who now only play test matches like Azhar, Fawad, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas, etc.

Last year, the PCB also announced a full compensation structure for domestic players, as below.

The 2020-2021 and improved monthly restraint structure is as follows: Category A + = 10 players, 150,000 PKR per month (66,000 INR)

Category A = 38 players, 85,000 PKR per month (37,000 INR)
Category B = 48 players, 75,000 PKR per month (33,000 INR)
Category C = 72 players, 65,000 PKR per month (28,000 INR)
Category D = 24 players, 40,000 PKR per month (17.5k INR).

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