On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the list of players, who have bagged central contracts for the 2020-21 season. The likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Hasan Ali lost their contracts. At the same time, Sarfaraz Ahmed suffered a demotion from Category A to B. The trio of Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Hasnain entered the list as emerging players in Category C contract.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has been central to Pakistan’s success in Tests, also sustained a demotion. He went from A to B while opening batsman Imam-Ul-Haq regressed from B to C. Coach and chief selector Misbah-Ul-Haq made a significant change to captaincy positions by appointing Babar Azam as the ODI captain. Babar Azam is one of the three along with Azhar Ali and Shaheen Afridi in Category A.
We take a look at monthly salaries of each Pakistan players as per the contract list of 2020-21:
Category A – 1.1 million
Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali is one of the only three players to have made to Category A. In 2018; he gave up limited-overs cricket to fully concentrate on Test cricket. Nevertheless, the veteran’s form has been lean, having scored only 239 runs in six games at 21.73.
With nearly 6000 runs in 78 matches, the 35-year old remains one of the experienced batsmen in Pakistan line-up following the departures of Misbah and Younis Khan. With the national team languishing at number seven in Test rankings, Ali would be hoping for a turnaround of his form and the side’s too.