After getting the Governing body’s approval of the 2021-22 fiscal year’s budget, the PCB on Friday announced a better & performance-based central contract list 2021-22 for 20 players & included three new players. In the central contract list, the match fees across all the formats have been equalized.
The final contract list was approved by the panel that comprised of Director of International Cricket, Zakir Khan, Chief selector, Muhammad Wasim & director- High performance, Nadeem Khan, who also consulted head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq & Captain Babar Azam as part of the process. The provisional list was then shared with Chief Executive Wasim Khan before it was approved by PCB Chairman Ehsan mani. The 12 months contract will start from July 1 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Let’s have a look at PCB Men’s Central Contract list for 2021-2022:
Category A: Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan & Shaheen Shah Afridi
Category B- Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Fawad Alam, Shadab Khan & Yasir Shah.
Category C– Abid Ali, Imam-Ul-Haq, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali & Sarfaraz Ahmed. Imran Bhatt, Shahnawaz Dahani & Usman Qadir have been offered Emerging category contracts by PCB.
Some crucial revisions in the central contract include a 25% increase in Category A retainer fee, no increase in Test, ODI & T20I match fee.
25% increase in Category B retainer, test match fee increased by 15%, ODI match fee increase by 20% & T20I match fee increase by 25%
25% increase in category C retainer fee, 34% increase in Test match fee, 50% increase in ODI match fee, 67% increase in T20I match fee.
Players missing out on the central contracts include Asad Shafiq, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, & Usman Shinwari. However, these players remain firmly in the selector’s plan for the upcoming season ahead & also have the opportunity to earn contracts for 2022-2023 on the basis of their performance during the 2021-2022 season.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said in a release, “Selecting 20 players amongst a big pool of quality cricketers is always a challenging task. I would like to thank the panel for their diligent work in selecting the 2021-2022 central contract list against the agreed criteria. In the new list, we have seen eight new players emerge to have now gained central contracts. Due to the competitive nature of the central contract system, nine players who had contracts in 2020-2021 have missed out on this occasion. The door remains firmly open for these players & they will continue to remain in the pans of the selectors”.
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