Lahore, July 2 (News Helpline) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced the list of central contracts for 2021/22 in which Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has been included. Lee missed out on a contract last year due to a back injury but returned to international cricket during the home series against South Africa. Promoted from B to A category this February, Rizwan has retained his position in the top category.
A lesser than last year, a total of 20 players have been given 12-month contracts that will run from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. The contracts include an “equal match fee” across all formats. This means that all players representing Pakistan will get the same match fee, regardless of which category they are in or whether they have a central contract or not.
The PCB has increased the monthly retainer fee by 25 per cent for all three categories and by 15 per cent in the emerging category. Apart from Ali, the new faces in the list include Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir. Huh. Azhar Ali has moved from Category A to B, while Sarfaraz Ahmed and Abid Ali have moved from Category B to C.
Notable omissions include Asad Shafiq, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari. PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in a statement that all nine players would remain in the selectors’ plan for the season ahead and would have the opportunity to be considered for contracts for the 2022/23 season.