Monday, June 05, 2023
LAHORE: With only a few days left for the expiry of current central contracts, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is expected to finalise the new contracts for players after consultation with skipper Babar Azam and other senior cricketers.
It should be noted that the current central contracts will expire on June 30, which is why the PCB has started working on new deals for the players for the 2023-24 season.
Sources told Geo News that numerous changes are expected in the central contracts with promotion and demotion for many players.
The PCB is also discussing whether it should continue to award separate contracts based on white-ball and red-ball cricket.
Due to retirement, veteran batter Azhar Ali will be excluded from the centrally-contracted players list. Meanwhile, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir and Zahid Mehmood are also likely to lose their central contracts.
However, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Ihsanullah, Usama Mir and Zaman Khan could be inducted into the list.
The sources also revealed that pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah could be promoted when the new centrally-contracted players’ list is announced.