Mohammad Hafeez (AFP Photograph)
KARACHI: Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez will probably be provided a brand new central contract in a better class after he refused to simply accept a short-term contract some months again from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 40-year-old was dropped from the checklist of centrally contracted gamers final 12 months in Could together with Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Amir however after he carried out properly the PCB was pressured to supply him a short-term contract earlier this 12 months.
Nonetheless, Hafeez did not settle for the supply as he was not comfortable at being provided a spot in class C.
In line with a dependable PCB supply, Hafeez is the one senior participant who will probably be given the brand new central contract from July 1 whereas probabilities of different seniors like Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Haris Sohail getting contracts could be very slim.
“The cricket committee of the PCB will probably be assembly with the pinnacle coach, coaches and captain of the nationwide group when it returns from Zimbabwe after which the chief selector will sit down with the administration and PCB CEO and finalize the checklist of gamers to be given the brand new central contracts,” the supply stated.
The prevailing contracts finish in June and the supply stated that because of the prevailing COVID-19 scenario the board can also be contemplating giving gamers some monetary rewards of their contracts for spending lengthy intervals within the bio-secure bubbles at residence and on away excursions.
“Hafeez is more likely to be provided a brand new contract in an enhanced class whereas senior batsman and former captain, Azhar Ali is more likely to be demoted from class A to B as he’s now enjoying only one format,” he added.
The supply stated that the PCB was contemplating giving a number of the constant performers like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf new enhanced contracts from July, whereas some gamers like Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed and so on might lose their contracts within the new checklist.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan who has been Pakistan’s main batsman in all codecs in current occasions is more likely to be retained in class A.
“Rizwan was initially named in class B of the contracts final 12 months however earlier this 12 months the board gave him a promotion due to his kind and he will probably be retained in class A,” he stated.
In-form batsman Fawad Alam, who has scored three centuries since his comeback to the Pakistan group final 12 months in July, was additionally not a part of the central contracts for 2020/21 however was later included in class C at similar time when Rizwan was given the promotion.
“Fawad will get a promotion to class B in new contracts due to his excellent performances as will opener Fakhar Zaman who can also be presently in class C.”
In Could final 12 months, the PCB had introduced central contracts in three classes for 18 gamers, whereas three cricketers Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Muhammad Hasnain had been named in rising gamers class.
The PCB pays gamers month-to-month retainers starting from 1.1 million to Rs 500,000 moreover their match charges and bonuses. Gamers who do not get central contracts are paid match charges and bonuses for his or her appearances however do not get the month-to-month retainers.
The supply stated the PCB may also contemplate enhancing match charges of these gamers who at the moment are solely enjoying Check matches like Azhar, Fawad, Shan Masood, Muhammad Abbas and so on.
The PCB final 12 months had additionally introduced a complete pay construction for home gamers which is as under.
The 2020-21 and enhanced month-to-month retainer construction is:
Class A+ = 10 gamers, PKR 150,000 per thirty days (66k INR)
Class A = 38 gamers, PKR 85,000 per thirty days (37K INR)
Class B = 48 gamers, PKR 75,000 per thirty days (33k INR)
Class C = 72 gamers, PKR 65,000 per thirty days (28k INR)
Class D = 24 gamers, PKR 40,000 per thirty days (17.5k INR).