Malik, Hafeez denied central contracts

15-player squad for ACC U19 Asia Cup named





The Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday announced list of central contracts for the 2019-20 season during which the men’s cricket team will play six World Test Championship Tests, three ODIs and nine T20Is. According to the official media release, the list has been trimmed from 33 to 19 and the players who have been awarded central contracts are:

While finalising the list of central contracts, which will run from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, players’ performances and fitness in the past 12 months and the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been offered contracts but they will remain available for selection.

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said, I want to congratulate all those who have been offered central contracts for the next season. We have significantly increased the financial value of the 2019-20 retainers across each category. This is over and above what had been agreed in the current agreement, which is due to run until 2021.

The PCB have set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract. We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set-up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets.

Meanwhile PCB announced a 15-member line-up for the ACC U19 Asia Cup, which will run from 5 to 14 September in Sri Lanka. Pakistan will enter the tournament at the back of a remarkable run 10 wins in last 12 matches after defeating Sri Lanka (3-2) and South Africa (7-0) in their backyards. Wicketkeeper-batsmen Rohail Nazir has been retained as captain of the side, while Haider Ali will perform the task of his deputy.

Pak squad: Rohail Nazir (Islamabad) (captain, wicketkeeper), Haider Ali (Rawalpindi) (vice-captain), Aamir Ali (Larkana), Abu Huraira (DM Jamali), Adul Wahid Bangalzai (Quetta), Akhtar Shah (Quetta), Fahad Munir (Lahore), Mohammad Aamir (Peshawar), Mohammad Abbas Afridi (FATA), Mohammad Basit Ali (Multan), Mohammad Haris (Peshawar), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Faisalabad), Mohammad Wasim JR (FATA), Naseem Shah (Lahore) and Qasim Akram (Lahore). Reserves: Jahanzaib Sultan (Karachi), Saim Ayub (Karachi), Syed Raza ul Hasan (Hyderabad), Shiraz Khan (Rawalpindi) and Zaman Khan (AJK).


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