LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced its central contracts, divided into four categories, for the year 2012 on Saturday.
Shahid Afridi, Misbahul Haq and Umar Akmal were all given an ‘A’ category contract, while Shoaib Malik was handed B category contract.
Mohammad Sami, who has been performing well in the domestic setup, was left without a contract for the second time in two years.
From the categories, 21 players have been given central contracts, while 21 players have been handed stipends.
Earlier on Friday, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had announced a 25% increase in all categories with a 10% increase in the Match Fee. This is the first increase in the central contract in three years.
According to an earlier report, it was estimated that a Category A player will make Rs313,000 per month and also earn Rs385,000 for each Test appearance, Rs330,000 for taking part in a One-Day International and pocketing Rs275,000 for a Twenty20. The same category saw the player earn Rs350,000 for a Test, Rs 300,000 for a ODI and Rs250,000 last year. The Category A has also been expanded, with two players being handed contracts in the slab, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal.
A Category B player will now earn Rs218,000 per month (previously Rs175,000). A Test appearance will fetch him Rs330,000 (previously Rs300,000), an ODI Rs275,000 (previously Rs250,000) and a Twenty20 appearance will now be worth Rs220,000 (previously Rs200,000). The category shrunk by two players.
Similarly, in Category C, a player will make Rs130,000 per month (previously Rs100,000). The same player will earn Rs275,000 for a Test (previously Rs250,000), Rs220,000 for an ODI (previously Rs200,000) and Rs165,000 for a Twenty20 (Rs150,000).
The full list of contracts awarded
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