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Malik, Kamran Akmal denied central contracts

Umar Farooq

June 5, 2014

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Younis Khan walks backs towards pavilion at lunch, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day, September 12, 2013
Younis Khan has been demoted from A to B © AFP
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Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal have been axed from the PCB's central contracts list for 2014, while senior batsman Younis Khan has been demoted from category A to category B. Fast bowler Junaid Khan has been promoted from B to A, in the list of 31 contracted players.

Younis, a veteran of 89 Tests and 253 ODIs, was dropped from the one-day squad last year and since then has been a Test specialist. He earned a category A contract last year and was among the fittest players in the recently conceded summer camp but found himself demoted. Umar Akmal and Umar Gul were retained in category B.

Ahmed Shehzad, who played three Test matches against Sri Lanka in UAE earlier this year and scored a century in the World T20, was upgraded to B from C last year and remained in that category. Apart from Malik and Kamran, Imran Farhat, Aizaz Cheema and Taufeeq Umar were left out of the pool of contracted players this year. Both Malik and Kamran had been omitted from the month-long summer camp in Lahore, because the selectors weren't satisfied with their recent performances in the World T20.

Category D, also known as the stipends category, includes promising players like Sharjeel Khan, Ehsan Adil, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail and Shan Masood. Test wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, who injured his finger last year against Sri Lanka, was retained in category C, while his replacement Sarfaraz Ahmed was retained in D.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, who was sidelined for nearly six months due to a hip injury, was slotted in the lowest category. The PCB said the factors considered were form, fitness levels and future potential. Irfan's injury prone history was the reason he was included in the lowest category. He is hopeful of playing limited-overs matches later this year but has ruled out appearing in Tests. He is optimistic of playing a big part in the World Cup next year.

The PCB increased the retainership by 25% for the second straight year despite Pakistan's average performance through 2013. They played eight Tests, winning two and losing five; 34 ODIs, winning and losing 16 each, and 12 T20s, winning eight and losing four. They also failed to reach the semifinals of the World T20 in Bangladesh.

The PCB had planned to reduce the number of central contacts to 22, but it was increased to 31. Last year, 30 contracts were handed out and for 2014, the idea was to downsize and retain only those who are likely to play throughout the year.

However, on releasing the list of contracts, the PCB said: "The 31 contacts are awarded to established players and young ones with future potential - with across-the-board increases in remunerations. The standout feature this year is that not only the monthly retainer has been substantively increased, but also match fees for Test and ODI cricket have seen steep upward revision."

Category A (Rs 449, 218 per month): Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan

Category B (Rs 314,452): Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul

Category C (Rs 179,687): Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Abdul Rehman

Category D (Rs 89,843) : Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shaan Masood, Mohammad Talha, Anwar Ali

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Posted by   on (June 9, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Its really a shame, Hafeez in A Category and Younis in B. You must be kidding... I was thinking Hafeez will be dropped after his dismal performance in tests in SA and in limited over games in WC, but he got and A ..... Shame

Posted by ABDUL_Rehman100 on (June 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

Did so much for his country and in the end thats what he gets? What a shame.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

@ shehryar i am not defending his ODI stats i am just saying he is top test match player and such players are always kept in category A not category B . Imagine hafeez in A and younis in B thats awful .

Posted by alizafar_1108 on (June 8, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

where is FAISAL IQBAL? Why Mr.FLUKE (AFRIDI) is getting A Category when he only plays T20 and ODIS , why ASAD Shafiq is demonted to D category when is the bright future of Pakistan after old guns.How long Hafeez will protect himself by playing at No.3 spot which does not belongs to him , He is technically week against the good bowling line up , if he do not play test cricket it will not hurt Pakistan at all , Hafeez should be demoted to B category instead of Younis Khan.

Pakistan cricket should make a bold decision and offer JAVED MIADAD a good contract as a batting coach untill world cup, I can see that now that Pakistan will lose the wc battle because of failure of batting line up this is for sure , Australian ground are much different than other countries , pitches are hard and bouncy which is not easy for batsman especially for Pakistani batting .

We still have some time left we can get great JAVED experience , he can teach our batsman how to play in Australia . TAKE MY ADVISE.

Posted by android_user on (June 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

@sharjeel khan How does terming Younas khan as a test specialist equals to disrespecting him or our heroes or not acknowledging his performances. There is no need to get emotional as we always do. I want Pakistan to do well just as much as you do. And I honestly think he needs to concentrate on tests only. There have been several occasions when he has rescued Pakistan. But in Odis his stats speak more than my words here.I hope some sanity prevails now

Posted by Worldcricketlover on (June 8, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

How can be Younis Khan in category B. Learn from India . Till retirement Dravid and Laxman and Zaheer ( Still Playing ) were in Category A. The average player like Mohammad Hafeez is in Category A. Younis was lone warrior in South Africa. I believe he is much better batsman then any one in Pakistan Team . Pakistan has never given due respect to genuine test batsman Like younis and yusuf.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

Younis Khan is a test specialist ....and many a times rescued pakistan from defeats either by drawing or winning ..... But his ODI and T20 credentials were always in question ....PCB considering his form and his experience should have given him Category A .....also the next world cup is in Australia, and players like younis can be a good option if any of our other senior players go bad ....

Posted by   on (June 8, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

Unfair with irfan. He deserves better than 90k a month

Posted by   on (June 7, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Younis khan is just few matches away from becoming Highest run getter in pakistan test history and most centuries for pakistan with least number of matches . In Eng India Saf & Aus test players of class like younis khan are highly appreciated and rewarded . Here most of the pakistani commenters are talking about his one day record and saying he deserves b category that shows why we are a mediocre test side as our own people dont acknowledge the worth of test cricket and cricketers . Same goes for pcb big hitters sloggers getting more than technical players of the game .

Posted by SheltonStoke on (June 7, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Afridi in A group. Looks like he is going to be our new T20 captain...

Posted by   on (June 7, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

It is a big unfair with Irfan, he is such a dangerous bowler and can win games by his own and he has contributed in Pak wins, it is right that he is unfit at this stage. So he should be in category B only because he is unfit at this time, other wise he deserves A. What a shame management. He can be a big big factor in WC2015 if handled carefully but here management killing his moral.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

irfan in category D makes no sense. He is one of the few star attractions in Pak team. He is unfit due to sports injury sustained while trying his best for the country .He deserves any but D category.

Posted by android_user on (June 7, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

There are definitely some questionable decisions taken in some of the categories but as far as You as Khan is concerned He has been Pakistan's most prolific batsman in tests especially in last 7 years or so. we are proud of him but cmon everybody an odi average of 33 isn't justifiable for an one down player. He hasn't proved himself in this format. so I completely agree with keeping him in B category. he is doing just fine playing tests only.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

according to media younas and 2 others have refused to sign the contract. PCB should sort the issue as soon as possible and behind closed doors. dont drag it like chairmanship.

I think this many categories and not having a 1 formula makes it confusing and questionable. for some they followed how many games they can play. for some they followed potential and for some how big a player is.

The criteria should not be seniority or form. the criteria should be how many games 1 can play for his employer( PCB ). Younas plays in tests only so obviously playing for less days than some one playing in t20s & odis.

Some other questionable decisions are Adnan in Cat B. I dont think he will be coming back any time soon. Umar amin in Cat D. shouldnt be in any.Irfan in Cat D. he should be in C or B. Playing a lot and almost a certain inclusion in playing 11 if fit. Bhatti/Anwar/Maqsood are also playing a lot of games so should be getting more pay than some in CAT D.

Posted by Mohammad-Ali on (June 6, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Fair enough for everyone. Junaid Khan is now Pakistan's first choise in fast bowlers and he has proven too. Must be in A category. So he is - thanks to PCB. B catagory players are okay too. But a bit unfair for Sohaib Maqsood, he plays ODI + T20 and doing fine. I think he should be in C category as Khuraam Manzoor is in C who plays only test. Khuraam is okay too in C category. But Maqsood also should be in C.

Anyway, finally good to see no Kamran, Malik and Sohail Tanivr.

Posted by fayyaz03 on (June 6, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

The man who scored a test century in South Africa against the deadly dale steyn & Co. is demoted to B. And the man who could not touch the ball with his bat even in Subcontinent against Dale Styen has been given A. Test Cricket!!! R.I.P

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Finally! Should have happened atleast 3 years back.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 6, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

2 major problems here: Promising youngsters such as Hammad Azam and Ahsan RAZA not being included in the squad, and demoting Younis Khan to be is unacceptable. He has served the country tremendously well over the past few years. National champions do not deserve to be treated this way

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

I thinks its very very unfair to put Muhammad Irfan in cat D, he should at least been in Cat C.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

good decision on malik and kamran a new keeper batsman should be prepared for the worldcup younis should play and play fast where is shoaib maqsood? anyways !

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

i am very disappoint on left out dashing opener Imran Farhat of the pool of contracted players this year.I remember Pakistan last tour to south Africa Imran Farhat played excellent inning against Dale Styen and Morkal in absence of Nasir Jamshed due to his injury. where every one was in struggling on bouncy pictch. In subcontinent pitches are always suited for batting but in Australia, Newzealand, South Africa on bouncy track batting is not an easy task where imran farhat did well please see his record . it is also highlighted that Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir Jamshed a poor show in these bouncy track. they can only bat in UAE and subcontinent pitches. Imran Farhat is much better opener then Shehazd and Hafeez he should be given a fear chance.

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (June 6, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

People who are talking why Afridi is in group A, that is because of his performance in Sri Lanka series and his performance in Asia cup where he single handedly won us the both game in the end overs. His performance in WT20 was decent. But Hafeez doesn't deserve to be in group A because his performance in WT20 was extremely poor. In my opinion Mohammad Irfan should atleast be in group B. Junaid currently is Pakistan's fast bowling spear head and he is 10 times better than Umar gul, Gul who was responsible for West Indies's blast in the T20 World cup. Apart from two or three matches since Gul's return, he has bowled pretty poorly. Younus should have been in Group A because he did well in Sr Lanka test series.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (June 6, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

I am afraid decisions like putting Yunus in Category B, while Hafeez and Afridi in Category A would not motivate the youngsters to follow technically sound batsmen. The future of Pakistan batting will stay bleak with such decisions.

Posted by android_user on (June 6, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

plz PCB imran nazir return t20squad ply very very good player most valuebal player for t20 ODi plz one chance ek chance tuh bantah hai PCB plz imran nazir afridi & v kholi c Gayle abd se danzeior player

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

I cannot understand how Junaid Khan can get A category ahead of Umar Gul. How can Khurram Manzoor be in category C ahead of players who have served well and longer than him who are in D category..

Posted by naeemhussain on (June 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

It shows that how wise management we are having to run our cricket board.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (June 6, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Although I'm an India and Canada fan there are several Pakistan players I really like and respect. I just can't believe Younis Khan was demoted. Sounds quite unwise. In the grand scheme of things, at the very least, Younis would have provided veteran leadership in a young dressing room (besides good performances). Additionally, a strong fan base generally develops when the organization exercises conduct that the fan base can identify with and relate to within their own value system. These values include legacy, loyalty and respect for those that have contributed to the team in the past. Therefore, by virtually showing Younis the door, fans will likely revolt and express this revolt in terms of less merchandise sold, weaker identification with the team, poorer television ratings etc. The PCB needs to wake up.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

A very bad decision to demote Younis Khan from A category to B. Amazing. I do not believe Moin Khan as member of category selecting committee among to select the category. A legend player can be treated like this?. Please learn from the other countries to respect the senior. A very low performer mohammed Akram can decide the category. Now younis khan is the only over 7000 runs in the team please let him play from other this kind of pressure. I hope Najim Sethi intervene and he will play

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (June 6, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

These amounts are extremely low. A 10 year non stop Cat A contract gives you PKR 5 crores or about US$ 500k. This is for 10 years and Cat A...c'mon. Karan Sharma (no- I am not talking about Ishant or Rohit Sharma) and Rishi Dhawan (not Shikar Dhawan) earn more than this in less than 100 days in IPL. I think it is time Pakistan players are included for IPL.

Posted by LateefLabeeb on (June 6, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Amazing decision by PCB to downgrade Younus Khan from catagory A to B can't understand the reason are we getting a hint about an early exit from the side..which will be bad for Pakistan cricket considering his current form and fitness level..amazing and wonderful. Then in my opinion catagory should consist of players who are playing at test level at their best and that should have been Younus,Misnah,Azhar,Junaid and Ajmal only. No offence with Mr. Afridi personally I like him but he should be in the top tier as he not an interested player for test matches. Catagory B Afridi,Irfan,Ahmad Shahzad, Umer Gul,Umer Akmal,Hafeez. Catagory D SamiAslam,Sadaf Hussain,Rizwan Ahmad(WK), Hammad Azam, Imamul Haq,Zia-ul-Haq they should be there. Thats my opinion but PCB they have their own plans and likings...I hope cricket in Pakistan will stay at the top and nothing happens like hockey...poor management and forced exits and retirements and poor selections thats what happened in hockey.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Junaid is promoted to cat "A" but he is dropped from playing eleven more than any one else despite being young and performing.

Posted by Shahzad.Khan on (June 6, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Almost mid of the year and Central Contracts are out for year 2014 wow!!!!!!! Looks like players are Categorized based on their past performances and fitness, which is good. In addition, consideration might have given to those players who played all 3 or 2 formats. To me, Younis Khan deserves vacancy in Category A. By demoting him is a clear indicator that he might not be consider for World Cup 2015.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Such low salaries? these people create heaps of revenue; TV rights, fan follower-ship etc and they get salaries like 80 thousand rupees which converts to 800 dollars. Minimum wage earners in the US earn more then that monthly. Absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

Overall I think the categories are divided well but seriously there are problems. Gul had been injured all year and should've been in category C. Plus, category D players like Sohaib Maqsood, Bilawal Bhatti and Sarfaraz Ahmed should've been in C category. Nasir Jamshed should've been in D category as did Khurram Manzoor and the rest is fine, Younus deserved A category but in a way it was right to give him B because the selectors didn't show faith in him for ODIs

Posted by SouthPaw on (June 6, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Even Category A players only get Rs. 5 million? Isn't that peanuts?

Posted by wapuser on (June 6, 2014, 2:51 GMT)

Well, Imran Nazir & Abdul Razzaq could have been included in that

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

where is imran nazir.pcb take imran nazir for t20

Posted by pontingkhan on (June 6, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

Finally some rational thinking by PCB. GOOD RIDDANCE !

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (June 6, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

Pcb has treated Abdul Razzaq very unfairly. He shouldn't play Tests and ODIs but he can be a very good t20 player. I don't see the potential in Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood. They have been performing in only 1 out of 4 games and have bad technique. Wahab Riaz is a run conceder And he is neriang his 30s, another bad choice. Adnan Akmal is another Kamran Akmal. And this list should be smaller it's a waste of money, some players like Ehsan Adil won't even get a chance. They should have a category for preaparing younsters. But thank fully a lot better than last year no more Kamran, Shoaib or Farhat. I hope to never see these playing internationally ever again. These players have dented the team by burning young talent.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 0:22 GMT)

Anyone appalled by the monthly salaries offered to these players? I mean come on you represent (or represented) the country and needs to be paid more. Category D players are better of doing jobs, that way probably they will earn more. We make more then them working menial jobs here.

Posted by greenluv on (June 6, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

WOW @ Irfan being in D...... this Pakistan cricket management has no shame what so ever seriously how can you disgrace a match winner like him... adnan in C? kidding me ? I wish i could see them giving respect to their players one day. Love you Pakistan.

Posted by ak_dragon on (June 5, 2014, 23:24 GMT)

Great Decision from PCB, Thank GOD we finally got rid from Malik,Farhat & K.Akmal.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 5, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

so unfair with likes of Taufeeq Umar. Umar Amin is just a waste of space. Kharram Manzoor is useless too. Mohammad Irfan should have been given C category altleast. afridi should have been in b and younis in A. talha, shan masood, wahab riaz and sarfaraz are all useless. Taufeeq should have been kept for test side. His performance was good.

Posted by MughalKhurram on (June 5, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

why umar akmal nd ahmad shezad is not in A Categories???

Posted by rizwan9191 on (June 5, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

I Proud be a Pakistani, but very shameful criteria of Selection In Pakistan, All Players only Playing for a fame not for Nation, because for money, egotism. Please I Request Concern Persons Save Cricket Pakistan, and Love Pakistan.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (June 5, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

I see lots of Afridi's haters here. I think Misbah shouldn't be in A category because he doesn't plays T20 and T20 earn most of the revenue :)

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

World class talent is cheap in Pakistan, mediocre officers/managers in banks in Pakistan are getting much more than A category players.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Abdul Razzak is a truthful, loyal, patriot and the MARD(he man) player and there is no place in pakistani team. Pakistani team will go down and down day by day like hockey team because of inexperience administration.

Posted by drnaveed on (June 5, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

justice has not been done with Younis Khan.he should have been the first player to be selected in the so called category A. when our board will learn to respect our legend ( both current and past )cricketers ??? . remember , only those lamps will give light when burnt , whom you (PCB) have thought as unimportant,useless , and have or trying to keep them on the sideline. younis khan ... in this case .

Posted by AmmarRajar on (June 5, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

very unfair decision to demote Younis Khan in B..he is a top class batsman and has vast experience..would it not be a motivational factor for him..Rehman also should had been in B category bcz of his experience..Azhar ali who played match wining test knock is in categiry C

Posted by wapuser on (June 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Good decision by Pakistan cricket board.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (June 5, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Why Yunus in Category B, and Hafeez in A? Yunus deserves catagory A.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

What has Mohd Hafeez done right that Younis Khan has done wrong? He is the only batsman capable of facing genuine quick bowling in the Pakistani line up along with Misbah. The recent SA series was a good example. As an Indian fan , we are sometimes perplexed by the complex kind of decisions that are taken by the Pakistani board.

Posted by PakCricketistanLover on (June 5, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Fail to understand why Nasir Jamshed get category C; where as good and future prospects like f alam, s maqsood are in D. Makes no sense to award S Afridi category A when the guy does not play tests. Regardless contracts are mere financial, team selection is largely based on performance monitored series after series. So its all good.

Posted by Saif_Khan90 on (June 5, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

@Vijender. Lol, If you don't have anything useful to add, than why do you bother to comment? Just to vent because it's Pakistan and non-Indian? Just shows, how useless you are.

Posted by Mayar on (June 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

I dont understand why Hafeez still have a PCB contract !!!

Posted by LAKingsFan on (June 5, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

It's nice to see Malik and Kamram booted out. But why PCB took this long to send home these two non-performers of years and years. Seriously, had PCB given Malik's chance to anyone else he would have become a decent batter now. So is Kamran Akmal. Any Pakistan school kid would have performed much better than Kamram given chance. Good riddance.

Posted by umair_Ijaz on (June 5, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

no place or adulrazzaq and hammad azam oth are great allrounder

Posted by shahzaibq on (June 5, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

#PCB please explain why Junaid is in category A while Irfan in D? Atleast deserved a category C contract even taking into account his injuries. Meanwhile Nasir Jamshed is in C, based on one good series, whereas Fawad Alam, Shan Masood, and Sohaib Maqsood cannot get anything better than D, when they had one good series each as well? And for the past year or so, Zulfiqar Babar has continuously outperformed Rehman, and yet finds himself below him.

Posted by BigINDFan on (June 5, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

PCB has got it accurate except that Hafeez should be in Category B. If Afridi is in A then he must play Test matches as a leg spinner who can bat in the middle order. Next year Umar Akmal should be promoted to A provided he does not mess up this year. And a few of the youngsters should move up from D to C and C to B.

Wonder what BCCI will come up with when renewing contracts now that N Srini is almost gone out of the equation :-)

Posted by janji1982 on (June 5, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

this is pakistan selection Commitee. ,,, if u are match winner for pakistan. you are in Categary "D" .Example ( Fawwad,,Anwar Ali, Talha, Sharjeel KHan, ) But still love u pakistan..

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Pakistan has Tests coming up against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, and Younis Khan is perhaps the only one capable of scoring daddy hundreds. Should have gotten a better deal.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

After scrutinizing this list i think they have got it more or less accurate. Younis Khan is a legendary player but he will be only playing 7-10 matches this year, even if they are tests. Some from category D will hopefully be promoted next year after cementing their place in the team( fawad, sarfraz, sohaib) because currently we have very few matches till the end of the year. Adnan Akmal in Cat C confuses me because if our first choice keeper Sarfraz is in cat D then why would our second choice be higher? Also did anyone notice NO SOHAIL TANVIR or IMRAN FARHAT??? Woohoo!

Posted by vadlamanikkk on (June 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

let hafeez be demoted infact he cannot play quality fast bowlers ex dale. johnson etc how come yonus khan will be demoted, this is the fate of pakistan

Posted by cisco420 on (June 5, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Why is Shahid Afridi in Category A when he does not even play test cricket and you have test cricketers in Categories C and D. I don't know how PCB thinks ?

Posted by android_user on (June 5, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

all of them should be in v category C

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

I think it is an injustice to Younis Khan that he is in Ctegory B. He is an experienced test batsman and continues to serve Pakistan well. He should definitely be in Category A with Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali. Both Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal are future of Pakistan cricket and they should be rewarded accordingly. I have no problem wirh Misbah and Junaid being in Category A but there is no way I would have Hafeez or Afridi in Category A as their performance is inconsistent. Furthermore, Afridi does not play test cricket and it is highly unlikely that in future Hafeez will make it into test XI. I would probably have Asad Shafiq in Category B and Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed at least in Category C. I do not understand why Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor or for that matter Rehman are in Category C. They should all be in Category D with Adnan Akmal not being in any category at all. I can understand why Irfan is in Category D due to his fitness issue, otherwise he should be in a higher category.

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (June 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Umar Akmal should be category A and Mohammad Hafeez category B.

Posted by AbuManha on (June 5, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

@ all they shouldn't be there to begin and end with.

Posted by SaudAlvi on (June 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Makes sense over all decent decision. YK could have done better - but again they could have played him in OIDs also ... Hammad Azam deserves contract. Abdul Rehman is past his prime and should have been in D at best. Fawad Alam deserves better , please don't waste this kid. Irfan .. I know he is injury prone .. but D ???

Posted by laho111 on (June 5, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Junaid Khan should be in B while Younus in A. Asad Shafiq should be in B. Adnan Akmal should be in D while Serfaraz in C. Nasir Jamshed sould be removed from any category, while Irfan should be in C. Fawad Alam and Talha should be in C. Umar Amin and Wahab Riaz should be removed while Aizaz Cheema should be added in C or D.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Why Adnan & Abdur Rehman in C ?? & Why Irfan & Fawad in D ??

Posted by PakCricFanatic on (June 5, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Hopefully we have seen the last of Kamran and Malik. Player whose not a part of the Test side doesn't deserve to be in "Category A". Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan should be there in "Category A" in place of Afridi and Hafeez.

Posted by ahassan on (June 5, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Another shameful act by PCB demoting Younis Khan. He is still the best Pakistani batsman. What Hafeez, Aridi and Junaid done to be in A category. If it is an argument that Younis does not play ODI's then Afridi does not play Tests. Azhar khan has done more than many who are above him. He recently scored a century to bring a very unlikely victory to Pakistan against Sri Lanks to save Pakistan from a series loss.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Shameful act to keep Younis In B category. Still youngsters who performed are missing in contracted players list.They should give contarcts to atleast one or two among Babar Azam,Hammad Azam,Sami Aslam , Imam Ul Haq,Gohar and Kamran Ghulam.If they dnt keep youngsters with them then how will they shine in future.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

I dont understand why you is khan B category and why hafeez A

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

Why is Kamran removed? The PCB always fall back on him..

Posted by TestIP on (June 5, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

LOL this is a JOKE....Hafeeze is a waste of space and Afridi cannot bat....only bowl....Kamran Akmal is a way better batsman than Afridi...he is only there because the people of pakistan made him popular to be a celebrity. He closes his eyes and fire the bat.... Pakistan batting line up is a total disaster and misbah is getting old and will begin to flop as well....watch pakistan come in last at the 2015 World cup due to poor selection.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

lala deserves B, younis deserves A,irfan deserves B,and hafeez deserves B,adnan deserves D POOR SELECTION

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

A bit of surprise on Younas but i think its a fair decision. The criteria should not be seniority or form. the criteria should be how many games 1 can play for his employer( PCB ). Younas plays in tests only so obviously playing for less days than some one playing in t20s & odis.

Some other questionable decisions are Adnan in Cat B. I dont think he will be coming back any time soon. Umar amin in Cat D. shouldnt be in any.

Irfan in Cat D. he should be in C or B. Playing a lot and almost a certain inclusion in playing 11 if fit. Bhatti/Anwar/Maqsood are also playing a lot of games so should be getting more pay than some in CAT D.

Another thing which most people are missing is that this is not the selection for team. It is not necessary that they can not select any one else. so others can be selected as well.

Posted by torsha on (June 5, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Younis khan should be in category A. What has Hafeez done that keeps him in category A? Cruel!

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Why PCB prompted Muhammad Hafeez into category A ?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 5, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Amazing and shameful decision to keep irfan in D and Younis in B. Sethi should review upon what he is doing.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

shocking, younis dropped to category B, a man who is the most senior test player currently playing in pakistan, a worldcup winning captain, only 2nd in the list of most centuries scored in test cricket for pakistan, a great fielder, a team man, really really sad,....

Posted by khankhawari on (June 5, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

Hammad Azam should have been there instead of wahab riaz

Posted by khankhawari on (June 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Azhar ali should be in Category A.He can be a future captain Junaid khan should be made captain of t20s.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

vvvvv sad to see younis in catagery B. he is current legend he should be in catagery A till retirement.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 5, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

it's OK Younas plays only Test cricket so he is in right category. Malik and Kamran will not be part of Pakistani team any more so no need to give them contract . They have used all their opportunities to play for Pakistan. Time to think about future.

Posted by RaoFarhanPervaiz on (June 5, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Following are the players who were in selective 39..but didnt fall in any category... well Babar and Toufeeq deserve a category

Toufeeq Umer Imran Farhat Yasir Hameed Babar Azam Faisal Iqbal Sohail Tanveer Atif Maqbool M Sami Yasir Shah Azaz Cheema

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

M. Irfan in Category D (V. Sad)

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

irfan and younis deserves better catagory....

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

really disappointed ............ irfan deserve better catagory

Posted by applethief on (June 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Poor treatment of Younis...

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