PCB Central Contracts 2022-23: PCB on Thursday announced Central contracts for the 2022-23 season & Pakistan’s top players Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi have received the highest paid ‘A’ contract in both white & red-ball cricket.
Pakistan’s pacer Hasan Ali who has displayed a string of poor performances in the shortest format of cricket has been demoted to category C in white-ball cricket but has managed to earn a ‘B’ contract in Red ball format. Imam-Ul-Haq who had received a Category C contract last year has moved to Category B in white-ball cricket while remaining in Category C in the red-ball format.
Azhar Ali who was in Category B last year has moved to category A for red-ball cricket while Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman have also earned Category A contracts for white-ball cricket. As reported by cricketflicker, the PCB has restructured its player contracts these years, handing different separate contracts for white-ball & red-ball cricket.
Along with splitting the contracts, PCB has also increased the number of contracts from 20 to 33. In addition to this, PCB has placed seven players in the emerging category- Salman Ali Agha, Haseebullah, Muhammad Huraira, Ali Usman, Kamran Ghulam, Qasim Akram, and Muhammad Haris.
In another development, the PCB has also increased the match fee across all formats by 10% for players while fees for non-playing members have also been increased. Earlier they used to get 50% of the Playing Members fees but now they will get 70% of the fees.
“I want to congratulate all those who have earned central contracts for the 2022-23 season, especially our younger players… for the first time as part of our vision and strategy to identify, groom, and develop specialists for the traditional and purest format of the game,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said in a press interaction in Rawalpindi.
“I understand there will be a few disappointed players who have missed out on contracts, but I want to reiterate that we are not limiting and restricting ourselves to these 33 players. As and when required, players from outside the list will be included.
“We have also expanded our category of emerging cricketers from three to seven as it is very important for us to groom those cricketers who have the potential to make it to the top level and give an incentive to those players who have excelled in our domestic tournaments,” Wasim added to his statement.
The change in the structure of central contracts & the hike in players’ salaries would result in growth of players & would motivate them to perform well in the near future.