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PCB likely to increase players’ salaries, fees in new central contracts

Current contracts will expire on June 30, 2022

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to make changes in contracts for the national men’s cricketers as the current contracts will expire on June 30.

According to sources, it is expected that there will be an increase of 10 to 15 per cent in players’ monthly salaries and fees. A proposal to replace seniors with young players in the central contract list is also under consideration.

Some of the new names which could be included in the list are Khushil Shah, Muhammad Haris, Muhammad Wasim Jr and Shan Masood.  Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and leg-spinner Yasir Shah would find it difficult to retain their place.

Sarfaraz is currently in the C category while Yasir Shah is part of the list in the B category but as both of them have not been able to be part of the playing XI across formats, it is likely they won’t be part of the list.

The new contracts will run from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Men’s central contract list 2021-22:

Category A – Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Category B – Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Fawad Alam, Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah.

Category C – Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Emerging Category – Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

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