Mohammad Hafeez to be provided larger class central contract by PCB
Karachi: Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez might be provided a brand new central contract in a better 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 checklist 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.
Nonetheless, Hafeez did not settle for the provide as he was not completely satisfied at being provided a spot in class C.
In response to a dependable PCB supply, Hafeez is the one senior participant who might 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 may be very slim.
“The cricket committee of the PCB might be assembly with the top coach, coaches and captain of the nationwide workforce when it returns from Zimbabwe after which the chief selector will sit down with the administration and PCB CEO and finalize the checklist 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 state of affairs the board can be contemplating giving gamers some monetary rewards of their contracts for spending lengthy durations within the bio-secure bubbles at house and on away excursions.
“Hafeez is prone to be provided 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 a few of the constant performers like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf new enhanced contracts from July, whereas some gamers like Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed and so forth could lose their contracts within the new checklist.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan who has been Pakistan’s main batsman in all codecs in current occasions 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 might be retained in class A,” he mentioned.
In-form batsman Fawad Alam, who has scored three centuries since his comeback to the Pakistan workforce 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 very good performances as will opener Fakhar Zaman who can 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 — have been named in rising gamers class.
The PCB pays gamers month-to-month retainers starting from 1.1 million to Rs 500,000 in addition to 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 additionally contemplate enhancing match charges of these gamers who are actually solely enjoying Check matches like Azhar, Fawad, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas and so forth.
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 monthly (66k INR)
Class A = 38 gamers, PKR 85,000 monthly (37K INR)
Class B = 48 gamers, PKR 75,000 monthly (33k INR)
Class C = 72 gamers, PKR 65,000 monthly (28k INR)
Class D = 24 gamers, PKR 40,000 monthly (17.5k INR).
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