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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  • 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....

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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