Pakistan Men’s Central Contracts List For 2022-23 Officially Announced By The PCB

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On Thursday, June 30 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the men’s central contracts list for the 2022-23 season, which will come into effect from Friday, July 1. Also, for the first time, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has introduced separate contracts for red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket for its players.

The decision to hand out separate central contracts for red-ball and white-ball cricket was taken during the 69th Board of Governors (BoG) meeting.

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Five Pakistan National Cricket Team players have been awarded both red and white-ball contracts. The five players are all-format captain Babar Azam, star wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, star batter Imam-ul-Haq and the star pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali. Also, in total 33 players, 13 more than the previous season, have received contracts this time.

Babar Azam Pakistan
Pakistan Cricket Team, Image: Twitter

Meanwhile, 10 players have got red-ball contracts amongst which Azhar Ali has been promoted to Category A. Also, Abdullah Shafique and Naseem Shah have been placed in Category C for the first time along with Saud Shakeel, who has been placed in Category D.

In total 11 white-ball contracts have been given amongst which Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan have been promoted to Category A while Haris Rauf has been promoted to Category B.

Also, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir, who were in the Emerging category last season, have been awarded Category D contracts, where they are joined by newcomers Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Zahid Mehmood.

I want to reiterate that we are not limiting and restricting ourselves to these 33 players – Mohammad Wasim

Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan cricket team. Credits: PCB

Pakistan Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim congratulated the players, who were able to bag central contracts for the 2022-23 season.

“I want to congratulate all those who have earned central contracts for the 2022-23 season, especially our four younger players who have received red-ball contracts 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,” Wasim said in an official statement released by PCB.

He also said that the contracts are not limited to only 33 players and the players from outside could get the central contracts whenever required.

“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 potential to make it to the top level and give an incentive to those players who have excelled in our domestic tournaments,” he added.

Babar Azam and Ramiz Raja
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja (right) with Pakistan national team skipper Babar Azam. Credits: Pakistan Cricket/Twitter

Meanwhile, there has been an increase of 10 per cent in match fees of players across all three formats. The match fee for non-playing members has also been increased from 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the overall match fee.

Also, a captaincy allowance has been introduced by the PCB to compensate the team captain for the extra responsibilities.

Complete List Of Centrally Contracted Players

RED AND WHITE-BALL CONTRACTS (5):

Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (all Category A), Hasan Ali (red-ball Category B, white-ball Category C) and Imam-ul-Haq (red-ball Category C, white-ball Category B)

RED BALL CONTRACTS (10):

Category A – Azhar Ali

Category B – Fawad Alam

Category C – Abdullah Shafique, Naseem Shah and Nauman Ali

Category D – Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah

WHITE-BALL CONTRACTS (11):

Category A – Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan

Category B – Haris Rauf

Category C – Mohammad Nawaz

Category D – Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir and Zahid Mehmood

EMERGING CONTRACTS (7):

Ali Usman (Southern Punjab), Haseebullah (Balochistan), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Haris (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Huraira (Northern), Qasim Akram (Central Punjab) and Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab).

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