LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced to extend the contracts of all domestic players and coaches, expiring on June 30, for one month.

The extended contracts will now end on July 31, instead of June 30. Fresh one-year contracts will be issued from Aug 1.

“The decision [of extending contracts] has been made by the High Performance Department, which is presently busy carrying out a 360-degree appraisal of all its coaches. The process is expected to end early next month with the six cricket association sides to be confirmed by the end of July,” read a PCB press release issued on Thursday.

“In the 2019-20 season, the PCB had offered 192 contracts to domestic cricketers, out of which 186 cricketers had accepted the contracts.

“It is premature to predict when we will be able to start our 2020-21 domestic cricket season due to the evolving Covid-19 [pandemic] situation. But, internally, we need to be ready to start the season at a short notice,” the press release concluded.

Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2020