PCB has extended central contract players’ contracts for one month

PCB has extended central contract players’ contracts for one month, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has extended the players’ central contracts by one month due to the extension of the interim period, leaving it up to the new management to decide on the future recipients.

Barring Azhar Ali, who retired from international cricket, all the others who got their contracts almost a year ago will be given a one-month extension, meaning the contracts will now expire on August 1 instead of July 1.

Last year, for the first time, the PCB introduced separate contracts for red and white balls, while four more players were included in the emerging category.

That means a total of 33 players, 13 more than last season, have received one-year contracts.

Azhar Ali’s retirement means that 32 Cricket will now get an extension of one month. Along with Pakistan’s all-format cricket captain Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi were awarded both red and white-ball contracts.

9 players have a Red Ball contract. Eleven limited-overs specialists were awarded the white-ball contract last year. Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, who were in Category B in 2021-22, were placed on Category A contracts while Haris Rauf was promoted to Category B. Muhammad Nawaz was retained in Category C.

Shahnawaz Durmani and Usman Qadir were promoted from Emerging to Category D last year where they were joined by Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Zahid Mehmood.

In the emerging category, the PCB has strategically encouraged and promoted upcoming domestic performers and increased the number of players from three to seven.

The emerging category includes Ali Usman, Haseebullah, Kamran Ghulam, Muhammad Haris, Muhammad Harira, Qasim Akram, and Salman Ali Agha.

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