Pakistan Men’s Central Contract List for 2022-23: The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the men’s central contracts list for the 2022-23 season, with the introduction of two new separate contracts – red and white-ball contracts.
Pakistan Men’s Central Contract List for 2022-23
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan, opener Imam-ul-Haq, and the pace-bowling duo of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali were handed both red and white-ball contracts.
“[There will be] Allocation of an amount for current players with the aim to manage and reduce the workload of elite players and to ensure that they are fully fit, ready and fresh whenever they play for Pakistan,” PCB stated in a release.
There is a 10 percent increase in match fees across all formats, apart from an increase in match fee for non-playing members from 50 percent to 70 percent of the overall match fee
Red and White Ball Contracts
Category A – Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Category B (red-ball) and Category C (white-ball) – Hasan Ali
Category C (red-ball) and Category B (white-ball) – Imam-ul-Haq
Apart from these, 10 players have been handed the red-ball contract while 11 have been given the white-ball contract. The Emerging Contract List has been given to seven players, a rise from three given last year.
Red Ball Contracts
Category A – Azhar Ali
Category B – Fawad Alam
Category C – Abdullah Shafique, Naseem Shah and Nauman Ali
Category D – Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah
Two names missing from the previous list are Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Hasnain, who were in Category B and C respectively last year. While veteran spinner Yasir Shah has been moved from Category B to D(red-ball).
White Ball Contracts
Category A – Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan
Category B – Haris Rauf
Category C – Mohammad Nawaz
Category D – Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir and Zahid Mehmood
Ali Usman, Haseebullah, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Huraira, Qasim Akram and Salman Ali Agha.
Commenting on the latest contracts, chief selector Muhammad Wasim said, “I want to congratulate all those who have earned central contracts for the 2022-23 season, especially our four younger players who have received red-ball contracts for the first time as part of our vision and strategy to identify, groom and develop specialists for the traditional and purest format of the game.
“I understand there will be a few disappointed players who have missed out on contracts, but I want to reiterate that we are not limiting and restricting ourselves to these 33 players. As and when required, players from outside the list will be included.
“We have also expanded our category of emerging cricketers from three to seven as it is very important for us to groom those cricketers who have potential to make it to the top level and give an incentive to those players who have excelled in our domestic tournaments.”