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Ajmal, Afridi miss out on PCB central contracts

Saeed Ajmal last played for Pakistan in April 2015
Saeed Ajmal last played for Pakistan in April 2015
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Pakistan cricketers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal were the notable omissions from the list of central contracts awarded to the players by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the 2016-17 season.

Last year, Afridi was placed in Category A while Ajmal featured in Category B but the pair have been omitted from the list altogether.

Apart from Afridi and Ajmal, the PCB has also omitted Fawad Alam, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin.

As per a PCB media release, a total of 30 players were handed out central contracts across four bands, Categories A (seven players), B (four players), C (14 players) and D (five players).

Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed, the respective captains in the Test, One-Day International and the Twenty20 International formats have been given Category A contracts.

Senior cricketers Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and leg-spinner Yasir Shah are the other recipients of the Category A contracts.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali have been given Category B Contracts as is batsman Asad Shafiq.

Meanwhile top order batsman Ahmed Shehzad and wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal have been downgraded to Category D along with Anwar Ali.

These central contracts handed by the PCB will be for a period extending between 1st October 2016 to 30th June 2017.

List of PCB Centrally Contracted Players

Category A

Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah

Category B

Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir

Category C

Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Imran Khan, Shan Masood, Mohammad Irfan, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir

Category D

Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Asghar, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal

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