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PCB Awards 31 Central Contracts

Junaid Khan is one of five players to receive a Category A contract - although Abdul Razzaq says Pakistan are 'misusing' him
Junaid Khan is one of five players to receive a Category A contract - although Abdul Razzaq says Pakistan are 'misusing' him
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The Pakistan Cricket Board has awarded 31 players central contracts that run until the end of 2014 with players now receiving 25 per cent more than last year.

Stop Misusing Junaid, says Abdul Razzaq

Despite Junaid Khan being one of five players being handed a Category A contract, Abdul Razzaq, a man who played more than 300 times for his country, says that Pakistan should stop 'misusing' the left-arm quick.

Talking to www.PakPassion.net about the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, he said:

"There was a distinct lack of planning for that tournament and one of the glaring mistakes was the misuse of Junaid Khan.

"I don't think he was misused just at the World T20, he's being misused on a regular basis by his captains," he continued.

"To get the best out of a player a captain must utilise him in the best way possible, use him in the way that the player feels comfortable with and in such a way that it benefits the team.

"That isn't happening with Junaid as he's yet to play for Pakistan under a captain who can get the best out of him.

"Junaid is a fabulous talent, he has the capability to be one of the world's best bowlers and become a star, but only if he's used properly and that is by ensuring that he is given the new ball on a regular basis.

"I would urge the captains he's playing under to stop misusing him."

As well as an increase in monthly retainers for the 31 players selected, match fees for Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals have been increased, as have fees from sponsor Pepsico.

Confirming the changes, which were first announced last month and will be backdated to the start of the year, chief selector and team manager Moin Khan said:

"The PCB has enhanced the monthly retainer for all categories by 25 per cent. The remuneration for Test matches stands increased by 25 per cent, while for ODIs it is 10 per cent.

"The win bonus for series wins against the top three ICC ranked teams as well as India has been raised from 200 per cent to 250 per cent.

"The players’ share of the logo fee too has seen upward revision by 15 per cent, while some of the individual performance incentives have also been made more competitive," he added.

Five players - captain Misbah-ul-Haq, former Twenty20 International captain Mohammad Hafeez, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, all-rounder Shahid Afridi and fast bowler Junaid Khan - have been awarded Category A contracts by a committee comprising Zakir Khan (PCB Director, International Cricket), Moin, and Mohammad Akram.

"The committee took three factors into consideration while finalizing the list. These were: form and performance, fitness level and future potential," Zakir revealed.

Pakistan are next in action when they take on Australia in October.

Category A contracts

Junaid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi

Category B contracts

Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Younus Khan

Category C contracts

Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed

Category D contracts

Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Raza Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar

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