Pakistan news May 26, 2012

Afridi, Umar Akmal given top PCB contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal have been awarded category A contracts by the PCB for the calendar year 2012. Mohammad Sami, who had been picked in Pakistan's teams in all three formats for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka after being sidelined for two years, has not received a contract.

Afridi had not figured in last year's list of central contracts as he was in the middle of a spat with the PCB then. Umar Akmal has been moved up from category B.

There are no other changes to the top category: Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman are the others in the premier bracket.

Shoaib Malik, who was not given a contract last year, has been awarded a category B contract, while Abdul Razzaq, who was in the second bracket last year, has been cut from the list. Fast bowler Aizaz Cheema has made the biggest jump, moving from the stipend category up to category B.

Other players who were selected for Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka in June and July but have missed out on contracts are Yasir Arafat and Khan Research Laboratories fast bowler Rahat Ali. Quetta's Bismillah Khan, who was recently banned for a year following a fight during a Grade Two match, has been included in the stipend category.

In all, 21 players have been given full-fledged contracts, while 21 players have been placed in the stipend category. On Friday, the PCB had announced an increase of 25% in the retainer for centrally contracted players, and an increase of 10% in match fees.

That means category A players will now receive a retainer of 312,500 Pakistan rupees (US$3400 approx), up from Rs 250,000 last year. Category B players will receive Rs 218,750 (up from Rs 175,000), and category C Rs 125,000 (up from Rs 100,000). Players in the stipend category will receive Rs 62,500 (up from Rs 50,000).

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

Category B: Shoaib Malik, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema

Category C: Sarfraz Ahmad, Adnan Akmal, Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Nasir Jamshed

Stipend category: Sohail Tanvir, Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shakeel Ansar, Haris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Ahmed Shahzad, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Ayub, Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Awais Zia, Shahzeb Hasan, Mohammad Khalil, Anwar Ali, Afaq Rahim, Bismillah Khan, Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Zia-ul-Haq, Usman Qadir

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    To all the Indian fans who are flamming here for no reason, we do not care how much money Vinay Kumar makes or any other nonsense. Good for them. Personally,I think this is decent amount of money for any professional in Pakistan,more than enough in fact. Lets not get they get endorsement deals on top of that. With the retainer and contracts, and the match fees,Im sure all the regular players are banking probably a million dollars each.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    How can you compare IPL with these contracts? In IPL players are sold and bought like cattle. I think being auctioned like an animal is more disgraceful than anything else. If you look at the plight of an average Indian it hurts you even more. I know that IPL players and those Pakistani players who wants to be auctioned will not like these comments but what I said is based on facts.

  • Tariq on May 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    There is blunder in this article, the remuneration mentioned is on monthly basis, not annual basis.

  • hibbatur on May 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Very sad to see Abdul Razzaq the most loyal servant of Pakistan Cricket discarded like this, Why? How Shoaib Malik is better than Abdul Razzaq?

  • Aimaan on May 28, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Comparing to Indian cricket players, what the PCB is giving to their players is so very very low and that is the reason they are requesting so badly again and again to let them play in IPL. Big mouths, big ego but in such a miserable pity.

  • Asif on May 28, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    why Abdur Rehman given A he should be in B and Asad Shafiq should be in A

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    IPL is going to rule the cricket workld and India is going to rule the world... Jai Ho!!

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    I think they have done a fantastic job. The question is where is Abdul Razzaq?

  • Anver on May 28, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Shoaib Malik has been awarded a contract instead of Razzaq ??? bit confusing !!! we have not seen any notable performances recently from Maik so, allrounder Razzaq could have been included, WC T20 is round the corner & he's good in T20s.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I saw newsflash on Geo Super with PCB saying Sami was granted Central Contract

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