Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez miss out as Pakistan Cricket Board awards central contracts to 19 players

Have a look at the updated list of centrally contracted players of Pakistan Cricket Board
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez miss out as Pakistan Cricket Board awards central contracts to 19 playersShoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez miss out as Pakistan Cricket Board awards central contracts to 19 players
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Veteran cricketers Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were omitted from the list of 19 cricketers who were awarded central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the upcoming season. The PCB has reduced the number of cricketers to 19 from 33 players who were given central contracts last season. Only skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam and Yasir Shah were retained in Category A.

PCB said, " Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been offered contracts but they will remain available for selection. The players' performance and fitness during the last 12 months and the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration while awarding contracts."

"The PCB has set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract. We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set-up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets," managing director Wasim Khan said.

In the 2019-2020 season, Pakistan will play six ICC World Test Championship matches, three ODIs and nine T20Is against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh.

Here is the updated list of the contracted players of PCB for the 2019-20 season:

Category A: Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah.

Category B: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz.

Category C: Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari.

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