On Monday in Lahore, PCB announced a list of 33 centrally contracted cricketers for 2018-2019 year. The names and categories of the players were suggested by the Central Contracts Selection Committee. This committee Consist of three persons, including, Mr. Haroon Rashid, the Director Cricket Operations, Inzamam-ul-Haq, the National Chief Selector and Mudassar Nazar, the Director Academies.
Najam Sethi, the Chairman PCB approved the names and the categories suggested by the committee. The 2017-2018 year was ending of the three year contract of financial formula agreed between PCB and the players. The Fresh 3-years financial (payment) agreement was signed between PCB and the enlisted players. According to new contract, PCB has raised the monthly payment of each category between 25-30%. Secondly, PCB has also increased payments of match fee by 20% with respect to every category. Thirdly, there would be percentage increase every year, upon which every player has agreed. Apart from this, a new category E is added to the Central Contract to encourage emerging talent of Pakistan. The new category will not only encourage new players but also help them to develop in cricket industry from junior level.
Categories A-E is enlisted below:
Category A: Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik, Yasir Shah, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir and Babar Azam
Category B: Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan
Category C: Mohammad Abbas, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz , Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, , Junaid Khan, Shan Masood and Imad Waseem
Category D: Rumman Raees, Rahat Ali, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Usman Salahuddin
Category E: Bilal Asif, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mir Hamza, Sahibzada Farhan and Umaid Asif