PCB announces central contracts, Hafeez demoted to Category B

The contracts have been identified in five categories

The contracts have been identified in five categories

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday demoted veteran cricketer Mohammad Hafeez on its list of centrally contracted players and promoted batsman Babar Azam as it handed new one-year deals to its pool of national players, DawnNewsTV reported. The match fee for the players has also been hiked by 20pc.

Players in Category A will be paid more than Rs0.8 million per month while the salaries of Category B cricketers are almost Rs0.5 million. Those twin factors may have played a part in his demotion from Category A to B.

The financial year 2017-18 marked the conclusion of a three year formulas agreed between PCB and its players. The board has finalised the new three-year financial remuneration after consulting with the players' representatives Sarfraz and Shoaib Malik according to The Express Tribune.

"To recognize performers on the domestic circuit as well as to encourage the continuing development of emerging cricketers from the junior cricket level" an "E" category has been added which stretches the categories to five from four past year. The match fee has also been increased by 20 per cent across all categories.

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Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Aamir, Yasir Shah and Babar Azam are included in Category A.

Imad Waseem, Muhammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Imamul Haq, Muhammad Nawaz, Usman Khan Shinwari and Shan Masood are given Category C.

Bilal Asif, Saad Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan, Umaid Asif and Mir Hamza are placed in Category E.

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