Pakistan news August 8, 2011

No central contracts for Afridi, Kamran Akmal

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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal do not figure in the latest list of PCB central contracts. Younis Khan, who was banned for disciplinary reasons following a winless tour of Australia in 2009-10 and was out of last year's list, has been awarded a Category A contract this time along with current captain Misbah-ul-Haq, allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, and fast bowler Umar Gul - the only player retained in the top category from last year's list.

Afridi had retired "conditionally" from international cricket following his removal as captain after the tour of West Indies, while Kamran, who also was in Category A last year, has been ignored since the World Cup. Afridi was involved in a legal battle with the Pakistan board after he hinted at differences between him and coach Waqar Younis during the West Indies tour; these were confirmed by Waqar and team manager Intikhab Alam in their tour report. Afridi has said he will not go back on his decision as long as the present PCB regime remains in power.

Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and opener Imran Farhat were retained in Category B. Also included in that grade werere Abdul Razzaq, demoted from grade A last year, middle-order batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, who have been impressive finds for Pakistan in the last couple of years. Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz, who took a five-for against India in the World Cup semi-final, also featured in grade B.

As expected, there was no place for Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt , the three cricketers banned for their involvement in the spot-fixing controversy, while Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf and Danish Kaneria, who were not picked for the World Cup, have been ignored. Malik and Kaneria are yet to be cleared by the PCB's integrity committee. Kaneria has not played for the national team since August 2010, after the PCB tightened its anti-corruption programme following the spot-fixing controversy and Kaneria's own entanglement in a corruption case in Essex. Kaneria was cleared by a police enquiry in Essex, but is yet to be cleared by the PCB; he has petitioned against his continued non-clearance.

"As long as Malik and Kaneria are not cleared by the PCB integrity committee, a meeting of which is scheduled for August 15, they will not be considered for the contracts," Intikhab, also the PCB's director, said at a press conference in Lahore.

In Category C were seamer Tanvir Ahmed, who picked up six wickets on Test debut against South Africa, wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, and the trio who have been picked in the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe - Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan and Rameez Raja. Aizaz Cheema, who has also been picked, was placed in the stipend category.

The contracts are for a duration of six months - July 1 to December 31 this year.

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  • Happy_AusBang on August 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf's career is really over, such a shame! I hope he reflects on his dramas and realises no one is bigger than the game. Another Pakistan player who had the potential to be great withers away prematurely, and he has only himself to blame.

  • on August 10, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Where is contract for Fawad Alam?

  • sachin_mumbai on August 10, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    A team having potential to beat any team in the world is being plummeted by there own board....a shame.....

  • MinusZero on August 9, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Is it any wonder Pakistan cricket can't get ahead. Their decisions on some things are mind boggling

  • demon_bowler on August 9, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    K.A.K. wrote: "With the talent Pakistan has right now, Pakistan should have been in the top 3 in ICC ranking."

    I agree. It's so frustrating the way Pakistan is not making the most of its enormous reservoir of talent! It's a great misfortune for world cricket as well as for Pakistani fans. Even as it is, the Pakistan team often gives a good account of itself. Just imagine if it was properly managed, organized, and trained!

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Shahid afridi along with K.Akmal will be back soon after Zimbabwe tour.

  • IIoal on August 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Everything was good until i red Shoaib Malik been ignored again.i think we need some class in our betting department for our youngsters to learn from.Sure have a young side but without experience talent won't last for long............

  • QingdaoXI on August 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I think PCB has gone mad, why they dont include Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam, Naved-ul-hasan. And include shoaib mailk, danish Kaneria and Shahid afredi as early as possible. U have good team but wasting the players at there peak.

  • on August 9, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Well people ....... imran farhat performed brilliantly in the first class cricket =P so he is totally picked on marti! i knw he never performs in international cricket but pcb has to select playrs who perform in domestic crickt! but still i think U.Akmal nd W.Riaz should b in category A and sarfaraz should b preferd over adnan akkmal!

  • swat1999 on August 9, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Very good decesion. PCB do right things.

  • Happy_AusBang on August 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf's career is really over, such a shame! I hope he reflects on his dramas and realises no one is bigger than the game. Another Pakistan player who had the potential to be great withers away prematurely, and he has only himself to blame.

  • on August 10, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Where is contract for Fawad Alam?

  • sachin_mumbai on August 10, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    A team having potential to beat any team in the world is being plummeted by there own board....a shame.....

  • MinusZero on August 9, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Is it any wonder Pakistan cricket can't get ahead. Their decisions on some things are mind boggling

  • demon_bowler on August 9, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    K.A.K. wrote: "With the talent Pakistan has right now, Pakistan should have been in the top 3 in ICC ranking."

    I agree. It's so frustrating the way Pakistan is not making the most of its enormous reservoir of talent! It's a great misfortune for world cricket as well as for Pakistani fans. Even as it is, the Pakistan team often gives a good account of itself. Just imagine if it was properly managed, organized, and trained!

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Shahid afridi along with K.Akmal will be back soon after Zimbabwe tour.

  • IIoal on August 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Everything was good until i red Shoaib Malik been ignored again.i think we need some class in our betting department for our youngsters to learn from.Sure have a young side but without experience talent won't last for long............

  • QingdaoXI on August 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I think PCB has gone mad, why they dont include Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam, Naved-ul-hasan. And include shoaib mailk, danish Kaneria and Shahid afredi as early as possible. U have good team but wasting the players at there peak.

  • on August 9, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Well people ....... imran farhat performed brilliantly in the first class cricket =P so he is totally picked on marti! i knw he never performs in international cricket but pcb has to select playrs who perform in domestic crickt! but still i think U.Akmal nd W.Riaz should b in category A and sarfaraz should b preferd over adnan akkmal!

  • swat1999 on August 9, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Very good decesion. PCB do right things.

  • on August 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I think PCB should dump players for ever with relations and Aqraba Parvari like Imran Farhat ,Faisal Iqbal etc.They have shown nothing for the last many years and should be banned.Only players on merit should be selected.

  • on August 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Imran farhat in the same category as Taufeeq Umar??? You kidding me?? Taufeeq should be category A, farhat should be uncontracted. I dont really get these contracts, Abdur Rehman isnt always a 1st choice pick, yet wahab riaz who is a 1st choice pick in every format has a lower grade of contract. Asad shafiq should have been a Grade C at best. The bowling ranks looks good, there are plenty of wicket takers there, the batting looks pretty good, the wicket keeping stocks are a bit thin tho

  • JawadSyed on August 9, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Agree with K.A.K., with the telent that Pakistan has, they should be in the top three ranking in the world but super management of the PCB has taken its toll.

  • MRPakistani69 on August 9, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    I agree those who think whey are making still mes of pakistan cricket. please let the sport alive in pakistan. Glad to have Razzaq there but i agree about imrat faharat. player who did perform everytime he gets chance. why not give a chance to imran nazir. please save pakistan cricket en recpect our players just like the other contries does.

  • on August 9, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    good decision for the future.always wanted some strict actions against super star coz Cricket is bigger than a star. but imran farhat.....where is asim kamal?

  • on August 9, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    razzaq in category b ??well he is much more senior to hafeez saaed ajmal rehman gul or even younis and misbah no malik no yousuf ??no afridi ??? how we will perform in next 2012 20/20 wc in bangladesh ??i m afraid we will lose our power on 20/20 cricket also

  • REH223 on August 9, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    @Asif Hussain Attari : Read the article carefully. Farhat is in category B. Good decision by the PCB. We need to groom young players. @Zami Saidur:We don't need players like k. akmal and malik. Afridi needs to better his batting if he wants to fit in the squad. K.akmal .... The worst keeper and an average batsman.Nazir..... Not technically good for the tests. Gets into very awkward position when ball is pitched full on the leg stump. Otherwise a good odi player.

  • on August 9, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    No one has been as dominant as him with the ball for Pakistan The 21 wickets that Shahid Afridi took in the ICC World Cup 2011 is the most that any Pakistani has ever taken in a single series. Only Waqar Younis has equalled the feat. That is also the most wickets any Pakistani has taken in a World Cup. He's among the best allrounders in the world Besides Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi, no one else has scored more than 6,000 ODI runs and taken more than 300 ODI wickets. Afridi is also among the few allrounders who have scored a 50 and taken five wickets in the same ODI. He does it in T20 cricket too How many times have you heard that T20 cricket is not for the bowlers? Shahid Afridi is the highest wicket taker in T20s. He also holds the record for the best bowling figures in a T20 by a captain. Only Umar Gul has taken four or more wickets in a T20 more times than Afridi has.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 8, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Had anyone noticed one thing that all spinners (or spinner-allrounder) are in category, SHAHID'S CAREER IS OVER IT SEEMS.

  • on August 8, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    PCB take job to make all star player out !!!! they are all match winer like afridi,kamran,malik, yousaf, kaneria and nazir ect.please save pakistan cricket someone if keep go like this team can be next WI- ZIM team.all round the world people like this tean and follow them, we all gat pain. so live them alone they jest player not a fighter. they should get respect plz.i am from usa my all cricketing role model is pakistani star player.we all miss them came back soon plz.

  • on August 8, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Malik should be included in the side.

  • K.A.K on August 8, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Afridi should play for Canada/Ireland/UAE/Scottland or any other country that welcomes him and respects his talent. With the talent Pakistan has right now, Pakistan should have been in the top 3 in ICC ranking. But thanks to mismanagement of PCB and politics, they are where they are.

  • on August 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    r u serious, imran farat, OMG.

  • saqibzaheer on August 8, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    including Imran farhat and younis while expelling afridi, kamran and malik is good decision ever made by PCB............thanks

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    It is a big question that why imran farhat is in category "A". Since last 10 yrs he has no performance. PCB should change its behavior with the good palyers like Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Hammad Aazam and Sohail Tanvee. If u hav selected Sohail as a captian for "A" team then why he is out of all categories. I think Kamran Akmal can play as an opning batsman better as compared to Imran Farhat. He must be included in the squad as batsman not as specialist wkt keeper. We want Afridi back in to the team

  • saqibzaheer on August 8, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    imran farhat, younas khan, hafeez, misbah, azhar ali, asad shafiq, abdul razzaq and umar akmal....WOW.....my dream batting line up....thanks for PCB............damm afridi, kamran, malik, and yousaf

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Imran Farhat in Category-B ?? is this Joke or what ??

  • khurramsch on August 8, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    good to see razak in so this means what many people were thinking that razak is finished were wrong & contract mean we will se him in future.FArhats inclusion is just damaging repo of selection comitee. pcb should solve the matter with kaneria & specially malik. send youngsters in zimb good but will they get chance in playing 11?bowlers will do but what about batsman?why not hamad in zimb tour & where is sadaf husain picked for zimb after sitting on benches in WI tour.

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    vey sad...for these player....SHAHID AFRIDI....KAMRAN AKMAL....SHOAIB MALIK.....

  • fareeduetian12 on August 8, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @ kazim raza farhat is in category B not in A... although he should not b even in C :@

    i would love to see malik, razzak, kamran , yousaf and imran nazir back in the side :)

  • shakkw on August 8, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Imran Farhat inclusion in the list is laughable. This guy doesn't have any technique to be international batsman and is a flat track bully that also only in the local tournaments against poor bowlers. How on earth he is in the team i have no idea! I feel Ahmed Shehzad is better batsman than Imran Farhat but he is nowhere to be seen. How many talented cricketers Pakistan has destroyed?

  • on August 8, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    rameez raja junior should play few matches

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Please for one of the upcoming ODI matches - maybe when the series is already won - just one match, please have 9 new young players - let hafeez be captain and umar akmal vice captain - and then bring in 9 new players including 3 PACE bowlers.

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    The fact that only one player was retained in the top contract band tells its own story of just how dysfunctional this process is.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 8, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    GET RID OF IMRAN FARHAT, BRING BACK AFRIDI AND JOB DONE!!! The PCB were so close this time, so close to picking the almost perfect squad of Pakistani players this time and yet that one decision is so bad, it hurts.

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    why imran farhat in 'A' and razzaq in 'B.

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    y is umar akmal in b category younis khn should have been der

  • harish08 on August 8, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Reconsider the decision PCB !!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    not fair.. this pcb is spoiling a good cricketing nation.. they really need to look at pakistan as a country, a cricket nation, the reputation and more.. hope we can see a good pakistan and india match in the future ...

  • poderdubdubdub on August 8, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Why poor Abdul Razzaq demoted? what has Kaneria done wrong? What has Imran Farhat done to deserve the contract? Can anyone answer?

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    whats happening with PCB????Shahid Afridi deserves a contract....

  • anonyzious on August 8, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @Omer Durvesh: Agreed; why in the name of God do we still need a player as worthless as Imran Farhat?

    And by the way, thankyou PCB for destroying the Pakistani cricket brick by brick, we shall eternally remain grateful to you.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Sad and typical. Somebody needs to sort out the PCB. What is the ICC for if not to make sure all the cricket boards are responsible

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    i dont follow pak cricket that much so can anybody help me out?...in what basis is abdur rahman and Md. hafeej Category A player and Abdur Razzak a Category B player?

  • PakPacer on August 8, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Can we please open with Hafeez and Razzaq PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE! They need to sit Imran Farhat and bring in Mohammad Yusuf! What has Farhat done that Yusuf hasnt in the last 6 months. Yusuf played well in his English season and deserves a call up in the middle order. We copy India in everything! except depending on our more mature batsmen, why? b'c it works ofcourse.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    kamran akmal can play as a batsman he is better than other openers

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Once again, no Mohammad Yousuf, how you can win the series by not playing world class player, and who is this guy M. Ayub Dogar, anyone?.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    why imran farhat AGAIN over taufeeq umar?

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Imran Farhat again....Oh my God. These are the reasons why Pakistan cricket always struggling even having best of talents.

  • sramesh_74 on August 8, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    After 6 months, Shahid Afridi will return as skipper and procure a A-contract. Misbah will be dumped !!! This is fun...

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Imran frhat & Abdul Razzak should not in the team. u should pick some new telnet and work on them for playing next 8 to 10 years.

  • sk8erboyzinc on August 8, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Very sad to see the boom boom out of the team......i guess pakistan is creating a hole in team by themselves....it is not good to such a briliant player not representating the international cricket....i m very sad and guess entire cricket fans are sad

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    THE QUESTION STANDS AGAIN YYYYYYYY IMRAN FARHAT..........AGAIN

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Afridi should stop acting as a 5 yr old and come back to national team.

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    This is unfair.. shameful on PCB.. They are letting out great players like AFRIDI..

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    the question stands again..........yyyy imran farhat.....again...........

  • Sakthiivel on August 8, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    These natural talents are denied. Really bad and waste of talents.

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  • Sakthiivel on August 8, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    These natural talents are denied. Really bad and waste of talents.

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    the question stands again..........yyyy imran farhat.....again...........

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    This is unfair.. shameful on PCB.. They are letting out great players like AFRIDI..

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Afridi should stop acting as a 5 yr old and come back to national team.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    THE QUESTION STANDS AGAIN YYYYYYYY IMRAN FARHAT..........AGAIN

  • sk8erboyzinc on August 8, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Very sad to see the boom boom out of the team......i guess pakistan is creating a hole in team by themselves....it is not good to such a briliant player not representating the international cricket....i m very sad and guess entire cricket fans are sad

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Imran frhat & Abdul Razzak should not in the team. u should pick some new telnet and work on them for playing next 8 to 10 years.

  • sramesh_74 on August 8, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    After 6 months, Shahid Afridi will return as skipper and procure a A-contract. Misbah will be dumped !!! This is fun...

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Imran Farhat again....Oh my God. These are the reasons why Pakistan cricket always struggling even having best of talents.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    why imran farhat AGAIN over taufeeq umar?