Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan’s top players, starting with Babar Azam, have accepted a revised version of their central contract after discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Several provisions in the contract that was first given to the team’s top players on June 30 made them dissatisfied.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

33 players were named in the PCB’s first individual red and white ball contracts, which were publicized. Contrary to tradition, some players opted to seek legal counsel to have an impartial pair of eyes review their new contract.

According to reports, the players agreed to sign the deal on the condition that the PCB modify certain contract provisions before they left for a three-match ODI series in The Netherlands. Following the conclusion of the 2022 Asia Cup in the UAE, the team and the board will resume their negotiations once they are back in their home country.

Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam
Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

The board assured the players fully that the contract will be revised because it was possible that players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi would go on the international tour without having signed their contracts.

PCB has denied players permission to compete in a major upcoming T20 league:

The players found that the PCB’s policy on playing in international T20 leagues was one of the most urgent problems in their contracts. According to earlier reports, the board disallowed players’ NOCs from participating in important future T20 competitions like the Big Bash League (BBL) and the International League T20 (ILT20).

Almost a dozen players in Categories C and D immediately signed their contracts. Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Hasan Ali were among the athletes who voiced reluctance to sign their contracts.

The players demanded greater clarification on their share of ICC tournaments and sought clarity regarding sponsorship endorsements in addition to the pertinent NOC issue.

Pakistan cricket team
Pakistan cricket team Credits: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

The inaugural One Day International between Pakistan and the Netherlands is set for August 16. (Tuesday). A 16-man squad was chosen by the selection committee for the three-match ODI series while a carefully chosen team was chosen for the ensuing 2022 Asia Cup.

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