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Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez dropped from PCB central contracts


first_img Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 14:46 IST Shoaib Malik retired from one-day internationals after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were exuded from PCB central contractsPCB has reduced number of centrally contracted players from 33 to 19 for the 2019-20Malik announced his retirement from ODI cricket while Hafeez retired from TestFormer captains Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were left out of the list of players awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, batsman Babar Azam and leg-spinner Yasir Shah were retained in category A.Test opener Azhar Ali and left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, have been demoted in category B and C respectively.The board has also reduced the number of centrally contracted players from 33 to 19 for the 2019-20 season during which the men’s cricket team will play six World Test Championship Tests, three One Day Internationals and nine T20Is.”While finalising the list of central contracts, which will run from 1 August 2019 to 30 June 2020, players’ performances and fitness in the past 12 months and the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration,” PCB said in a media release.Despite Malik and Hafeez’s omission, the PCB maintained the two will be available for selection.”Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been offered contracts but they will remain available for selection.”Malik had announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only play T20 format while Hafeez has retired from Test cricket.”The PCB have set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract.”We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set-up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets,” PCB Managing Director, Wasim Khan said.advertisementCategory A (PKR 1.1m) : Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir ShahCategory B (PKR 750,000) : Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab RiazCategory C (PKR 550,000): Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman ShinwariAlso Read | Waqar Younis slams senior Pakistan players for ‘lingering on in their careers’Also Read | Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UKAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez dropped from PCB central contractsFormer Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik , who announced his retirement from ODI cricket after his side’s last match in the World Cup 2019, did not find a place in the PCB central contracts.advertisementlast_img read more