Both players were dropped for next month's Champions Trophy, but will be given monthly retainers of around $3,600. -Photo by AFP
Both players were dropped for next month's Champions Trophy, but will be given monthly retainers of around $3,600. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year.

The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday.

Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was lucky to retain his place in the “A”category after being dropped from the one-day squad for next month's Champions Trophy in England and after retiring from Test cricket in 2010.

Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq, Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Younis Khan also retained their “A” category status.

The Pakistan Cricket Board keeps 21 players on central contracts in three categories, marked by three different scales for retainers and match fees.

“For the second consecutive year the players' retainership fee has been increased by 15 percent,” a board statement said.

Spearhead Umar Gul, batsman Umar Akmal and spinner Abdul Rehman were demoted to “B” category after lacklustre performances last year.

Others in the “B” category are Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Shoaib Malik and Nasir Jamshed.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal regained his central contract after losing out last year and was placed in the “C” category along with Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Aizaz Cheema, Adnan Akmal, Faisal Iqbal and Ahmad Shahzad.

“The Test match fee for all categories has also been increased as well as the match fee for all formats by 10 percent from 2012,” the board said.

The increases give “A” category players a monthly salary of 359,375 rupees ($3,600) and a Test match fee of 440,000 rupees ($4,400).

“B” category players will get a monthly salary of 251,562 rupees and players in the “C” category, 143,750 rupees.

Category 'A'

Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi

Category 'B'

Umar Gul, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed

Category 'C'

Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Aizaz Cheema, Adnan Akmal, Faisal Iqbal, Ahmed Shahzad


Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Harris Sohail, Anwar Ali

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Comments (12) Closed

May 14, 2013 06:36pm

Great, now they have "Pension plan" for elders! By the way whats the average salary of a scientist/ doctor/ teacher in the country?

May 14, 2013 08:45pm

Its funny decision .... They know PMLN has won election and they NS loves cricket .... I think PCB is sweating in pants now .... Afradi has been good player but ignored due to political reasons of Misbah .... While Misbah an Unimaginable flop has still been kept at top position ... I think he has to perform now or his time is over .............

May 14, 2013 09:32pm

So dead wood has got more value. Great logic. That's how PIA and the Steel Mill works.

Karachi Wala
May 14, 2013 09:44pm

On what basis Afridi has been awarded and contrcact? Let alone category A.

May 14, 2013 09:46pm

That is a shame. Why on earth they should have this luxury? Please shoe them the way to the door.

May 14, 2013 10:31pm

I think every one on that list except Ajmal should be in "C" Category.

Qamar Zaman
May 14, 2013 11:16pm

Why a failure like Afridi being given a contract ..... totally uncalled for by the PCB

Afif Naeem
May 15, 2013 08:12am

Afridi and Younis hardly deserve C category contract, let alone A category.

Haider Ali
May 15, 2013 11:16am

Afridi ko Champion trophy k leay lejana chaheay tha.Bcoz agr wo bating na kry to bowlin or fielding kr leta hy.or agr bowling b na kr sky to just fielding to kr he leta hy jiss sy Pakistan ko buhat faida ho sakta hy

May 15, 2013 02:33pm

Those who failed to perform were placed in category A and those who are performing well have been in B and C. Where is Saeed Ajmal? Just because the two are senior, they are in category A. It should be on performance basis.

May 15, 2013 06:46pm

@AZ: Misbah is the only successful captain in Pakistans team that has lost the least amount of Test & One day series; see world ranking !!!

May 16, 2013 07:37pm

This could only happen in Pakistan that despite being an absolute failure for last 5 years, Afridi is not only keeping his job but getting paid the level of salary and benefit reserved for top performers only. This is like PCB does not have a clue as to what what 'Performance Measurement' means. WOW.