PCB awards central contracts, stipends to 37 players

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has awarded central contracts to 37 players but it ignored five senior cricketers Shoaib Akhtar, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and former captains Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik while announcing the central contracts here on Friday.

The PCB has placed 18 players in three categories while 19 cricketers have succeeded in getting special monthly stipends.

Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Abdul Razzaq, Mohamamd Asif and Danish Kaneria were placed in "A" category and they will earn Rs250,000 a month.

Umer Akmal, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Imran
Farhat have been given "B" category and they are entitled to a monthly salary of Rs175,000.

Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Abdul Rehman have been placed in "C" category, which brings a monthly salary of Rs100,000.

Nineteen promising cricketers will receive special monthly stipends of Rs50,000. They include Test cricketers Khalid Lateef, Khurram Manzoor and Sarfaraz Ahmed along with the players of under-19 team Azeem Ghumman, Hammad Azam, Babar Azam, Raza hasan, Sarmad Bhatti and Usman Qadir.

The central contracts will be effective for one year starting from January 1, 2010.