Pakistan news May 14, 2013

Afridi, Younis retain top contracts

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The PCB has has announced 30 central contracts for 2013, with a 15% increment in the monthly retainership fee. Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan, who have been dropped from the ODI team, have been retained in the top A category while fast-bowler Umar Gul, who plays all three formats, has been dropped from A to B. Kamran Akmal, who wasn't considered for a central contract last year, has been awarded a Category C contract this time.

The PCB, for the second straight year, has increased the retainership incomes, with the Test match fees across all categories up by Rs. 55,000. "The 2013 Central Contracts have raised the Retainership fee by 15 per cent," the PCB said in a statement. "In the 2012 Central Contract, the same had been increased by 25%. It may be noted that the increase in player fees in 2012 made after 3 years as the last increases were made in 2009. Thus in the last two years a total increase of more than 40 % has been made."

The raise this year was a result of lengthy negotiations between players and the PCB, as most of the senior players were unhappy with the retainers offered. Players have been deprived of the ICC tournaments appearance fee by the PCB, and they were also barred from playing the 2012 Bangladesh Cricket League. Last year, a lack of planning meant Umar Akmal, Afridi and Saeed Ajmal failed to fulfill their commitment with their respective Big Bash League franchises.

A senior player, on the condition of anonymity, told ESPNcricinfo last month that players were underpaid compared to other teams around the world. "Whatever the case is, we are missing IPL and last year players even missed out on the BPL," said the player. "In a country where cricketers are playing the game as their full-time livelihood, they should be treated with care. We need serious deliberation on this matter with the PCB."

The players were without contracts since December 31, 2012. They were handed their current contracts on Monday hours before Pakistan's 15-man squad departed for Scotland ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy. In a press release, the PCB listed 30 names across four categories "A, B, C and stipends," with five men, including Afridi, handed the top contract. Nine players - who failed to find themselves in three major categories - were slated into the stipend category.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY DataQue on | May 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Pakistan is 131/5 in 33 overs against Scotland... Now lets not forget Scotland is not a test playing nation and this is how Pakistan is performing... All there is left to say is Iqbal Qasim pad up and you are next to bat... Dont worry about selecting Afridi, Umar K, Razzaq & Imran Nazir....

  • POSTED BY raihan927 on | May 17, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    They have missed Hammad Azam and Abdul Razzaq both genuine all rounders. Something is definitely wrong between PCB and these two all rounders as they have been ignored again and again. Afridi and Younis don't deserve to be in category A at all... Politics Prevails !!!!!1

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Central contracts should have only given to players who are performing like Junaid Khan, Nasir Jamsheed. Why are they giving money to players like Younis and Afridi who have not played well. Time for PCB to search out consistent batsman from Domestic like Inzi and Youhana. Nasir looks good, need to find more like him. Take out Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat its time for them to go. Misbah has to stay as captain cause Hafeez is still learning as a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    looks like there will be a time when none of the pakistani player will be on the category A

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    I am just wondering about the pay per match. Indians get way higher than what these lads get. I understand that at the end of everyone tries to put their 100%. But the difference is too much and that bothers me somehow.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    dear u all how can forget about abdulrazzaq. where is he now . it seems that due to polytics pakistan has lost one genuine all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    shahid afridi and younus khan in A category , What happen to Pakistan Board? how calculating players performances ? and basis this both playters in A list ? Pakistan board casn give explanation to cricket fans ? A player performances should calculate on thier performances last one year batting performances ODI , TEST and T 20 last one year bowling performances ODI , TEST and T 20 How many match winning inning He played How many times because of a player Team lost match I dont think This two qualify or justice above requirement

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    guys it shouldnt be on who is great player as some suggests and who has good average as some comments or who is crowd puller.

    It has to be on basis of how much 1 plays for PCB. likes of umar gul, junaid khan, irfan plays almost all matches but in B. and afridi & younas who plays only 1 format or 2.in A.

    EXAMPLE gul plays all formats most of the year, Azahr plays only 1. rehman plays 1,

    they have surely made wrong decisions but it should also not on basis of some comments who are calling averages, or about crowd pulling ability or greatness , or 1 players performance in 1 series ( hafeez ) . they have made it wrong but also some comments are. for poor performance you drop them not in different category.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | May 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    First of all its highly sloppy to hand out their current contracts on Monday hours before Pakistan's squad departed for UK, this means most of the time the players thoughts will be consumed by their contracts instead of Cricket. Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, and Mohammad Irfan deserved Category A ahead of Mohammad Hafeez. Faisal Iqbal, and when did he last play for Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 15, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Junaid, Jamshed and Irfan deserve category A contracts, plus why is Malik in category B?!?!

    He should be placed in the stipend category.

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | May 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Pakistan is 131/5 in 33 overs against Scotland... Now lets not forget Scotland is not a test playing nation and this is how Pakistan is performing... All there is left to say is Iqbal Qasim pad up and you are next to bat... Dont worry about selecting Afridi, Umar K, Razzaq & Imran Nazir....

  • POSTED BY raihan927 on | May 17, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    They have missed Hammad Azam and Abdul Razzaq both genuine all rounders. Something is definitely wrong between PCB and these two all rounders as they have been ignored again and again. Afridi and Younis don't deserve to be in category A at all... Politics Prevails !!!!!1

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Central contracts should have only given to players who are performing like Junaid Khan, Nasir Jamsheed. Why are they giving money to players like Younis and Afridi who have not played well. Time for PCB to search out consistent batsman from Domestic like Inzi and Youhana. Nasir looks good, need to find more like him. Take out Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat its time for them to go. Misbah has to stay as captain cause Hafeez is still learning as a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    looks like there will be a time when none of the pakistani player will be on the category A

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    I am just wondering about the pay per match. Indians get way higher than what these lads get. I understand that at the end of everyone tries to put their 100%. But the difference is too much and that bothers me somehow.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    dear u all how can forget about abdulrazzaq. where is he now . it seems that due to polytics pakistan has lost one genuine all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    shahid afridi and younus khan in A category , What happen to Pakistan Board? how calculating players performances ? and basis this both playters in A list ? Pakistan board casn give explanation to cricket fans ? A player performances should calculate on thier performances last one year batting performances ODI , TEST and T 20 last one year bowling performances ODI , TEST and T 20 How many match winning inning He played How many times because of a player Team lost match I dont think This two qualify or justice above requirement

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    guys it shouldnt be on who is great player as some suggests and who has good average as some comments or who is crowd puller.

    It has to be on basis of how much 1 plays for PCB. likes of umar gul, junaid khan, irfan plays almost all matches but in B. and afridi & younas who plays only 1 format or 2.in A.

    EXAMPLE gul plays all formats most of the year, Azahr plays only 1. rehman plays 1,

    they have surely made wrong decisions but it should also not on basis of some comments who are calling averages, or about crowd pulling ability or greatness , or 1 players performance in 1 series ( hafeez ) . they have made it wrong but also some comments are. for poor performance you drop them not in different category.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | May 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    First of all its highly sloppy to hand out their current contracts on Monday hours before Pakistan's squad departed for UK, this means most of the time the players thoughts will be consumed by their contracts instead of Cricket. Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, and Mohammad Irfan deserved Category A ahead of Mohammad Hafeez. Faisal Iqbal, and when did he last play for Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 15, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Junaid, Jamshed and Irfan deserve category A contracts, plus why is Malik in category B?!?!

    He should be placed in the stipend category.

  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | May 15, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Once again Pakistan Cricket Board has made decisions that make no sense. I have a question to all the Pakistani fans. Don't you feel betrayed at what the PCB does to your players, and what the player do to you? I mean, if Hafeez is in Category A and Gul in B, and we assume that the PCB is inefficient to realize that, can't the players themselves step forward and say we don't deserve this? If not, then why are you expecting something better from the PCB?

  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | May 15, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Why is Faisal Iqbal given centeral contract. He never deserves to play for Pakistan. I think it is due to Javaid Miandad. What a shame.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    DId hafeez ,deserve to be placed in A catogory, if so than why gul in B. Maaan please do favor to your nation ,the man who got bamboozled by steyn during the whole sa series ,scoring 39 in 11 innings ,is he worthwihile to be kept in A catg. this is injustice ,....

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    There are some surprises, how can any country give players like sir shoib malik ,a contract when his avg. Is 7.33 from last two years, and by the way, who this cheema guy is ,is he a same express bowler with 122kph pace ,who played against england . " cheers from j&k.""".

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | May 15, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed category B? Him and Saeed Ajmal are Pakistans top players. Nasir should be A no doubt. Talk about confusing and hurting a players confidence.

  • POSTED BY sardarmk on | May 15, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Very amazing to see the name of Afridi in Catagory A. This contrac is for the present performance not the previous and Afridi performance does not earn the A catagory contract. Due to this some talented & consistent performers are effected.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I think umer gul and kamaran akmal both are deserve the A category becoz both are the senior players and they win the matches for Pakistan on many occassions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Huhh?? Then why Afridi & Younis are dropped from ICC Champions Trophy. Any of these 2 decisions are not correct. Pick them for squad or exclude from category A. In Afridi's case, exclusion from the category A is more fair as he hasn't performed since last two year. He has failed with bat and ball. In which category Misbah ul Haq, Nasir Jamshed, M. Irfan and M. Hafeez are included?

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 15, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Really puzzling stuff from PCB.. And, they continue to surprise the fans in general.. Afridi was never a test player, and he is dropped on performance grounds in shorter formats too.. Doesn't look that good to be in the team right now.. Still, retained in top category..

    On performance grounds, Ajmal alone deserves the top contract.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Imran Farhat , Shaib Malik and Faisal Iqbal have no business being included for Central Contracts . They have not performed for more than three years . Inclusion of these threes smacks of worse type .

  • POSTED BY choonawala on | May 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Its all seems, that how strong is player Power in PCB. I think its a worst decision to give afridi n younis Khan to Category A. If you give player to Caegory A that means the selection for Champions Trophy is unfair because both Afridi & Younus were drop due to their Non- Performance in National Team from last few series.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | May 15, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    AFRIDI is great player, he deserve Level-A. Irfan, Junaid and Nasir Jamshed should be promote in Level-A. Mr. tuktuk should be in level-C.

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | May 15, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    PCB's decisions are always bizarre. By the way, there is no point in comparing their salaries with what other boards offer. Apart from PCB's weak financial position, one must not forget the value of currency and the overall economic environment of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 14, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    The contract list is not too bad, the only WEIRD selection is Afridi. Afridi would look likely to only be a 20/20 player at International level. I think Younis is such a crucial player for the Test team, & assuming Tests are priority, this is a good decision. The other odd decision is Gul, he should be in the top bracket. A swap between Gul & Afridi would of been the way to go!

  • POSTED BY noplay on | May 14, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    These figures are what the contracts are worth? I am ashamed that the PCB is saying there has been a 40% increase in the last two years. No wonder some of these guys.....

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | May 14, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    This should be simplified: if you were selected for 50% of last year's test matches, Category A. If you were selected for 50% of Pakistan's ODIs, Category B. If you got selected for 50% of T20I's, Category C. If you're eligible for more than one, you take the higher contact. If you do not qualify for the contacts (not counting games missed through injury) or you're an emerging player, stipend. Everything else should be performance - related bonuses.

  • POSTED BY ahabib on | May 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Afridi is a most amazing player indeed. The worse he plays the more his popularity and fortunes grow. He has always been a weak player and a burden on the team, but recently his contribution has been minimal.

  • POSTED BY Baba_Sehgal on | May 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    There should have been an option to "like" comments here because, Sammy, I would have clicked it on yours.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    a better decision...... especially in Afridi's case....

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | May 14, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Afridi is sponsors puller for pcb !

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | May 14, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    So let me get this straight, a man who has retired from test cricket, been dropped from a major odi tournament and only plays T20 cricket has been awarded a category A contract. And emerging bowlers Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, who now play all formats, have been awarded category B and C contracts respectively. And what have Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal done to deserve any sort of contract, oh yeah one has a father-in-law working for pcb and the other has a famous uncle in Javed Miandad. This just sums up the logic of the pcb. THEY DONT KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING! And on another note, why was Shoaib Malik not dropped from the champions trophy squad based on form when Umar Akmal was. Clear unfairness shown by the board!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    should have been on basis of how much 1 player plays for PCB. Afridi & younas dropped from odi, afridi retire from Test, tounas not in t20 thats 1 format . so should not be in A.

    Hard on Umar gul who if fit is always playing all formats. same goes with Junaid now, he is almost a regular but getting paid similar to the likes of Rehman/ Umar akmal who hardly play .

    And in C , ok farhat gets selected all the time so ok he can be in but faisal iqbal? when did he last played for PCB? yes selected on a tour recently but not in playing 11 and i dont think ever will be?

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    guys , these are not based on performance as some one suggesting that this player is best batsman or bowler. i think should be based on how many 1 plays for PCB.

    But surely there is no criteria how they decided. Afridi is droped from 1 format, 2nd he is retired. but he is in A category. and younas also who plys 1 format now after being dropped.

    Hard on umar gul who if fit is playing in almost all games in all formats. Same goes with junaid khan as he is now a regular in team.

    about earnings of players, yes they do get less than other boards, but the main thing is the amount of cricket you play. plus PCB is not a financially strong board now a days as no cricket being played here. the amounts in A & B is still 100s times better than many of Pakistani public.

    they do get pay from their departments in domestic circuits and international Match fees as well. players who get less are the ones in stipends category.

  • POSTED BY Ahtizaz on | May 14, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Afridi's inclusion in the central contract seems bizzare decision.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Afridi is the superstar of Pakistan's cricket. This man need not perform; goes out and after one wild swipe at the ball is back in the pavilion , grinning all over. Who cares how desperate the team's position might be. Its sad to see how the PCB favours these washed up stars over younger guys, who deserve a chance. How will u ever rebuild if you do not nurture and encourage the next breed. Junaid Khan, Irfan and a few others are budding talents. Give them the time and opportunity to bloom.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    My contract list would be as follows:

    CATEGORY A: Misbah, Yunus, Ajmal, Azhar, Shafiq, Umar Akmal. I have retained Yunus in this category as he is without doubt best test batsman. Azhar, Shafiq and Umar are future batting talent of Pakistan.

    CATEGORY B: Hafeez, Junaid, Gul, Irfan, Jamshed. Hafeez (batting) and Gul cannot justify being in Category A due to their inconsistent performance. Others have potential to move up to Category A.

    CATEGORY C: Afridi, Malik, Rehman, Kamran, Sarfraz, Wahab, Taufeeq, Shehzad, Amin. I was tempted to exclude Afridi and Malik even from Category C but I have given them opportunity to justify their inclusion in this category over the next 12 months, this also applies to Kamran. All other players have potential for the future and in my opinion Sarfraz given time would proof to be an excellent wicket keeper / batsman. I rate him higher than Adnan.

    All other players I have put in Stipend category and some definitely have potential for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    All contract players should get equal amount. There should not be any A, B & C categories. There could be a stipend category for new & emerging players and they should get half of what the contract players gets.

  • POSTED BY FitzroyMarsupial on | May 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    This seems very unfair on Umar Gul. Pacemen, more than anyone, should be looked after with central contracts given the demands on their body.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | May 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Junaid khan should have been in A catagory. Irfan should have been in B. Afridi and Malik in C. Mohammad Rizwan should have been in Stippend cat to replace sarfaraz.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Very surprising indeed . Why do Younis Khan and Afridi continue to be contract . They have not been performing for a very long time and deserve to be axed .

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Afridi and Misbah got the A contract! Surprising. Mohammd Irfan should have got the B contract. Junaid Khan should be in A Category and What are Asad Ali & Ehsan Adil doing in stipend category!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Now I don't understand. Drop the players but gives them top contracts. Do they know what they are doing????

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Junaid Khan should have been in Category A. He is a real gem.

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  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Junaid Khan should have been in Category A. He is a real gem.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Now I don't understand. Drop the players but gives them top contracts. Do they know what they are doing????

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Afridi and Misbah got the A contract! Surprising. Mohammd Irfan should have got the B contract. Junaid Khan should be in A Category and What are Asad Ali & Ehsan Adil doing in stipend category!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Very surprising indeed . Why do Younis Khan and Afridi continue to be contract . They have not been performing for a very long time and deserve to be axed .

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | May 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Junaid khan should have been in A catagory. Irfan should have been in B. Afridi and Malik in C. Mohammad Rizwan should have been in Stippend cat to replace sarfaraz.

  • POSTED BY FitzroyMarsupial on | May 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    This seems very unfair on Umar Gul. Pacemen, more than anyone, should be looked after with central contracts given the demands on their body.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    All contract players should get equal amount. There should not be any A, B & C categories. There could be a stipend category for new & emerging players and they should get half of what the contract players gets.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    My contract list would be as follows:

    CATEGORY A: Misbah, Yunus, Ajmal, Azhar, Shafiq, Umar Akmal. I have retained Yunus in this category as he is without doubt best test batsman. Azhar, Shafiq and Umar are future batting talent of Pakistan.

    CATEGORY B: Hafeez, Junaid, Gul, Irfan, Jamshed. Hafeez (batting) and Gul cannot justify being in Category A due to their inconsistent performance. Others have potential to move up to Category A.

    CATEGORY C: Afridi, Malik, Rehman, Kamran, Sarfraz, Wahab, Taufeeq, Shehzad, Amin. I was tempted to exclude Afridi and Malik even from Category C but I have given them opportunity to justify their inclusion in this category over the next 12 months, this also applies to Kamran. All other players have potential for the future and in my opinion Sarfraz given time would proof to be an excellent wicket keeper / batsman. I rate him higher than Adnan.

    All other players I have put in Stipend category and some definitely have potential for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Afridi is the superstar of Pakistan's cricket. This man need not perform; goes out and after one wild swipe at the ball is back in the pavilion , grinning all over. Who cares how desperate the team's position might be. Its sad to see how the PCB favours these washed up stars over younger guys, who deserve a chance. How will u ever rebuild if you do not nurture and encourage the next breed. Junaid Khan, Irfan and a few others are budding talents. Give them the time and opportunity to bloom.

  • POSTED BY Ahtizaz on | May 14, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Afridi's inclusion in the central contract seems bizzare decision.