The Pakistan Cricket Board of Control (PCB) has decided to significantly reduce the number of players who will be given the central contracts later this month.
The PCB last year in August had given 12-month central contracts to 33 players in different categories and interestingly only 10 to 12 players in the existing list have played for Pakistan.
“For example batsman Saad Ali, Rahal Ali Rumman, Raees, Sahabzada Farhan, Umaid Asif, Talaat Hussain, Mir Hamza and Usman Salahuddin hardly played a few games here and there for the national team in different formats,” one source from PIB pointed out.
The PCB has decided to reduce the number of players to 15 or 20 who will get the central contracts.
“The idea is that central contracts should be given as incentives to players and should be performance-based contracts,” the source said.
He said that although the number of players will be reduced in the new central contract list, the monthly retainers will be enhanced.
Recently, the PCB also reduced the number of national women players given central contracts from 15 to 10 but increased their monthly salaries and match fees.
The source said that under the revamped domestic domestic cricket system, the board was planning to give domestic central contracts to players who will be picked for the provincial teams for first-class cricket and also play in other formats for their regional outfits.