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News by “M.SHEHARYAR“
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the details of the central contracts offered to 25 cricketers for the period of July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026.
The players have been selected based on their performances over the past year, as well as their potential to contribute to the Pakistan cricket team in the future.
The PCB has also announced that match fees will be increased by 50% for Tests, 25% for ODIs, and 12.5% for T20Is. Centrally contracted players who are playing domestic cricket will be paid 50% of the international match fee.
The new central contracts are a significant improvement on the previous contracts, and they reflect the PCB’s commitment to developing and rewarding its top players.
The following is a list of the 25 players who have been offered central contracts:
- Category A+: Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan
- Category A: Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah
- Category B: Abrar Ahmed, Abdullah Shafique, Agha Salman, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shadab Khan
- Category C: Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood
The PCB has also announced that it will be offering central contracts to a number of women cricketers in the near future.
The new central contracts are a positive development for Pakistan cricket. They will help to attract and retain the best talent, and they will provide the players with the financial security they need to focus on their cricket.
The new contracts offer a number of benefits to the players, including:
- Increased monthly retainers: The monthly retainers for the top category of players have been increased from PKR 750,000 to PKR 1 million. This is a significant increase, and it will provide the top players with a more secure financial future.
- Increased match fees: Match fees have also been increased by 50% for Tests, 25% for ODIs, and 12.5% for T20Is. This will mean that players will earn more money for their performances on the field.
- Payment for domestic cricket: Centrally contracted players who are playing domestic cricket will now be paid 50% of the international match fee. This is a new development, and it will help to make domestic cricket more attractive to the top players.
The new central contracts are also a sign of the PCB’s commitment to developing and rewarding its top players. The PCB has invested heavily in its academies and training programs in recent years, and the new contracts are a reflection of the progress that has been made.
The new central contracts are also likely to have a positive impact on the Pakistan cricket team. The players will be more motivated to perform well, and they will be able to focus on their cricket without having to worry about their financial security. This will help the Pakistan cricket team to compete with the best teams in the world.
Overall, the PCB’s announcement of the new central contracts for 25 players is a positive development for Pakistan cricket. The new contracts will benefit the players, the domestic game, and the Pakistan cricket team as a whole.