Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have been dropped from the PCB’s annual central-contracts list for the 2019-2020 season. The board has trimmed the pool from 33 to 19, reducing the number of categories from five to three. The value of the retainers in each category, however, has gone up, with only three players – Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah – included in the top-most bracket.
The recent ODI retiree Malik and Hafeez were in categories A and B respectively last season while Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman, who were in categories A and B respectively, have both been demoted to the C category.
Category A: Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah
Category B: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz
Category C: Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari