The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to add Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Sami to the list of contracted players.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fast-bowler Mohammad Talha are also likely to benefit from the board’s decision to add to the list. However, the fate of Abdul Razzaq, who was left out of the list of 42 players, is yet to be decided.
The PCB announced this year’s contract after a delay of almost six months but despite taking that long, the committee, led by Intikhab Alam, included a banned player while leaving out Sami from the list despite the fast-bowler featuring in all three Pakistan squads for the tour of Sri Lanka.
However, according to an official close to the committee, the new names have been finalised.
“The committee has decided to extend the list,” the official told The Express Tribune. “Apart from Sami, Kamran, Yasir and Talha have also been nominated. Kamran has got the selection committee’s go-ahead which has no issues with his inclusion in the list. But the committee is yet to finalise what category these will be put in. It will be finalised and announced after the chairman’s approval.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2012.