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Younis and Shoaib get top contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 9, 2011

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Kamran Akmal ponders the simple chance that he dropped to give Andrew Strauss a reprieve, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, July 29, 2010
Kamran Akmal retains his Category A contract despite a dismal year behind the stumps © Getty Images
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Younis Khan and Shoaib Akhtar were the biggest beneficiaries in the new list of central contracts given to 19 players by the Pakistan board. Neither player was given a contract last year, but they are now among the seven men in the top category of contracts given out for the six-month period starting January 2011. Kamran Akmal, too, was in the top bracket a day after his abysmal performance behind the stumps against New Zealand in the World Cup.

Legspinner Danish Kaneria was the worst hit, not finding a place in the list after having been awarded a Category A contract last year. Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal and Fawad Alam were among the other players overlooked by the PCB. Kaneria was the subject of an inquiry by the PCB prior to the announcement of the World cup squad, along with Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. While Kamran was picked in the fifteen, Kaneria and Malik were ignored and have now also found their names missing from the list of contracted players.

Misbah-ul-haq has moved up a grade from a Category B contract to Category A, following a successful year in which he assumed captaincy of Pakistan's Test side. Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shehzad, both of who are in Pakistan's World Cup squad have been given Category C contracts. The 19-year-old Shehzad recently scored his maiden ODI century, while Shafiq has scored two half-centuries in his three Tests.

Also in Category C are Adnan Akmal, who replaced his brother in the Test side for the series against South Africa in Abu Dhabi, Tanvir Ahmed, who took a five-for on debut in the same series, and 21-year-old quick Junaid Khan, who is part of Pakistan's World Cup squad.

Sohail Tanvir also missed out on a contract after an injury-filled year.

List of contracted players

Category A: Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar

Category B: Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz

Category C: Taufiq Umar, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan


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Posted by Qasim on (March 12, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

This shows us that shoaib akthar is not retiring after the world cup good news he will be playing for another 2 years get amir back

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 3:53 GMT)

Thank God...atleast they got rid of Fawad alam.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

please include inran nazir in the list He really deserves it ,,PCB always do injustice to inran

Posted by shahzab on (March 10, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

Imran nazir would have done excellent in these conditions.. remember ICL and lahore badhshah? PCB got personel issues with him..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

Why is Fawad Alam not in the contracts? This is really annoying me, he saves Pakistan time after time and he gets looked upon. What the hell??

Posted by Arif on (March 10, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

I guess PCB is crazy, why they give A Category to Shoaib Akhter and Kamran Akmal. Also, they put Adnan akmal into Category C. I don't think so he deserve for any contract. In addition, these guys must have strong backup. Why don't PCB select Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fawad Alam. PCB should given chance to Fawad Alam in test match but i don't know why they give him chance in T20. Another, why PCB not given chance to Sohail Khan in ODI and T20. Like me each Pakistani has a lot of question mark ?????????

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Misbah ukl-Haq deserves it as he had played very well. Karman should get another chance :)

Posted by Ali on (March 10, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

I am not agree with PCB for issuing central contract, my will be......

Category A: Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal

Category B: Mohammad Hafeez, Abdul Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Imran Nazeer

Category C: Taufiq Umar, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan

Posted by Thaiyub on (March 10, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Pakistan world cup team selction is very bad.why dropped Fwad Alam and good other openers.Right now only choice Kamran Akmal open with Hafeez. Akmal poor keeping continue but same time he improved the keeping and place for team11.Akmal is good attacking plyer.Next macth pakistan XI team my opinion: 1.Akmal.2.Hafeez.3.Younis.4Misbha.5.Umar.6.Razzaq.7.Afridi.8.Gul.9.Ajmal.10.Akther.11.Junid Khan/Riaz.

Posted by Zia on (March 10, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

It seems like the contracts are awarded based on seniority, not just on merit and performance. Otherwise there is no justification for awarding the A contract to Kamran Akmal while his brother Umar who has better performance is in category B.

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