Karachi: After being included in the World Cup final squad, both pacer Sohail Khan and spinner Yasir Shah have been awarded central contracts by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Yasir was included in the preliminary 30-member squad after his impressive showings in test series against Australia and New Zealand last year in UAE and has been retained in the final squad. But Sohail Khan dashed into the final squad after brilliant performances in recently concluded Pentangular Cup in despite the fact that he was initially not picked in the preliminary squad.
PCB extended the central contracts of all the 31 players up to March 31, 2015 while also including Yasir and Sohail, being a part of World Cup. The central contracts for 2015 will be awarded from April 1, 2015. The duo have been awarded central contract in Category ‘D’ from January 1 to March 31, 2015.
The term of the previous contracts expired on December 31, 2014. The Central Contracts Committee – headed by Director Cricket Operations (International) Zakir Khan, Director Game Development Haroon Rasheed, Chairman National Selection Committee Moin Khan and Head Coach Pakistan National Team, Waqar Younis – met on December 7 to discuss various options. After due deliberations, it was decided to extend the existing contracts.
The list of 33 players extended central contracts:
Category ‘A’: Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan. Category ‘B’ (3 players): Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul. Category ‘C’: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Abdur Rehman. Category ‘D’: Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shan Masood, Mohammad Talha, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan.
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