Mohammad Hafeez (AFP Picture)
KARACHI: Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez might be supplied a brand new central contract in the next class after he refused to just accept a short-term contract some months again from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 40-year-old was dropped from the record of centrally contracted gamers final yr in Might together with Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Amir however after he carried out properly the PCB was pressured to supply him a short-term contract earlier this yr.
Nonetheless, Hafeez did not settle for the provide as he was not completely happy at being supplied a spot in class C.
Based on a dependable PCB supply, Hafeez is the one senior participant who might be given the brand new central contract from July 1 whereas probabilities of different seniors like Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Haris Sohail getting contracts may be very slim.
“The cricket committee of the PCB might be assembly with the pinnacle coach, coaches and captain of the nationwide staff when it returns from Zimbabwe after which the chief selector will sit down with the administration and PCB CEO and finalize the record of gamers to be given the brand new central contracts,” the supply mentioned.
The present contracts finish in June and the supply mentioned that as a result of prevailing COVID-19 state of affairs the board can be contemplating giving gamers some monetary rewards of their contracts for spending lengthy durations within the bio-secure bubbles at dwelling and on away excursions.
“Hafeez is more likely to be supplied a brand new contract in an enhanced class whereas senior batsman and former captain, Azhar Ali is more likely to be demoted from class A to B as he’s now enjoying only one format,” he added.
The supply mentioned that the PCB was contemplating giving a few of the constant performers like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf new enhanced contracts from July, whereas some gamers like Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed and so on might lose their contracts within the new record.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan who has been Pakistan’s main batsman in all codecs in current occasions is more likely to be retained in class A.
“Rizwan was initially named in class B of the contracts final yr however earlier this yr the board gave him a promotion due to his type and he might be retained in class A,” he mentioned.
In-form batsman Fawad Alam, who has scored three centuries since his comeback to the Pakistan staff final yr in July, was additionally not a part of the central contracts for 2020/21 however was later included in class C at identical time when Rizwan was given the promotion.
“Fawad will get a promotion to class B in new contracts due to his excellent performances as will opener Fakhar Zaman who can be presently in class C.”
In Might final yr, the PCB had introduced central contracts in three classes for 18 gamers, whereas three cricketers Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Muhammad Hasnain have been named in rising gamers class.
The PCB pays gamers month-to-month retainers starting from 1.1 million to Rs 500,000 moreover their match charges and bonuses. Gamers who do not get central contracts are paid match charges and bonuses for his or her appearances however do not get the month-to-month retainers.
The supply mentioned the PCB may also take into account enhancing match charges of these gamers who are actually solely enjoying Check matches like Azhar, Fawad, Shan Masood, Muhammad Abbas and so on.
The PCB final yr had additionally introduced a complete pay construction for home gamers which is as beneath.
The 2020-21 and enhanced month-to-month retainer construction is:
Class A+ = 10 gamers, PKR 150,000 per 30 days (66k INR)
Class A = 38 gamers, PKR 85,000 per 30 days (37K INR)
Class B = 48 gamers, PKR 75,000 per 30 days (33k INR)
Class C = 72 gamers, PKR 65,000 per 30 days (28k INR)
Class D = 24 gamers, PKR 40,000 per 30 days (17.5k INR).