Pakistan news August 8, 2011

No central contracts for Afridi, Kamran Akmal

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Khair ul 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Where is contract for Fawad Alam?

  • Gaurav 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.....

  • Harvey 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

  • Clive 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!

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 16:08 GMT

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

  • Ali 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............

  • Sachin 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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

    Very good decesion. PCB do right things.

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