Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Mohammad Hafeez Considers Retirement In Protest Against PCB

Mohammad Hafeez Considers Retirement In Protest Against PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday demoted veteran cricketer Mohammad Hafeez on its list of centrally contracted players and promoted batsman Babar Azam as it handed new one-year deals to its pool of national players, DawnNewsTV reported.

Hafeez, who has represented the Men in Green in 50 Tests, 200 ODIs and 83 T20Is, where he collectively scored 11,224 runs with the help of 20 centuries, 55 half-centuries and also claimed 239 wickets, has had a hard previous year where he was once again reported for his bowling action and also lost his place in the limited overs side. The right-handed batsman played his last Test in 2016.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah, Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir are in the A category.

Pakistan's young brigade has slowly started displacing Hafeez in the limited-overs formats also. He was also dropped after the first two matches of the tri-series - also involving Zimbabwe and Australia - on the same trip. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf, opener Fakhar Zaman and spin sensation Shadab Khan are the new entrants into the category.

Islamabad's all-rounder Imad Wasim had been out of global cricket because of injury and that has cost him in the shape of a demotion to Category C.

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Players in Category A will be paid more than Rs0.8 million per month while the salaries of Category B cricketers are almost Rs0.5 million.

PCB has announced a fresh three-year remuneration agreement for the 2018-19 season with the Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and senior cricketer Shoaib Malik, who acted as the representatives of the players.

Further, pay raises will also be granted in year 2 and 3 of the agreement.

A new category, "E", has been added to the central contracts to recognize performers on the domestic circuit and to encourage the continuing development of emerging cricketers from the junior level.

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