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20 CCA cricketers among 191 players to receive enhanced domestic contracts

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LAHORE: After the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mr Ramiz Raja announced an increase in the retainers of domestic contracts by Rs100,000 across all five categories, the cricket board confirmed the list of 191 players who will be offered the enhanced packages for the 157-match six senior men’s events from 15 September to 30 March.

Monday’s announcement means 10 players in A+ category will now receive a monthly retainer of Rs250,000 each, followed by Rs185,000 each for the 40 cricketers in Category A, Rs175,000 each for 40 players in Category B, Rs165,000 each for the 64 players in Category C and Rs140,000 each for the 37 players in category D.

The retainers are in addition to the match fees, daily allowances, share in prize moneys and PCB-arranged lodging, boarding and traveling the domestic cricketers will receive during the six-and-a-half months of cricket.

As such, a Category A+ player, featuring in all matches, can earn up to Rs5million, whereas, a Category D player, who shows fitness and form throughout the season, can earn up to Rs3.75m annually.

This is a significant rise compared to a flat retainer of Rs50,000 that was offered to the domestic cricketers when the revised cricket structure was launched in the 2019-20 season. In the 2020-21 season, slab system was introduced and remunerations were fixed at Rs150,000 for A+ Category, Rs85,000 for Category A, Rs75,000 for Category B, Rs65,000 for Category C and Rs40,000 for Category D.

The latest announcement reflects the value and importance the PCB has decided to put into its domestic events as it aims to attract, incentivise, challenge and provide opportunities to the talented youngsters so that top-notch cricketers can graduate to the next level and strengthen the men’s national cricket team.

“It is extremely important that our domestic cricketers are paid well-enough so they continue to focus on upgrading their skills and fitness levels without worrying about how they have to take care of their families, loved ones and careers,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said.

“It is duty of Pakistan Cricket Board to look after the cricketers in the country and I am very happy to announce this move. The significant increase in salaries, which I am hopeful will improve further in future, strengthens our current domestic system and removes ambiguities surrounding the welfare and sound earning opportunities for our cricketers who can adopt first-class cricket as a career.”

Amongst the 191 cricketers who have been offered domestic contracts for 2021-22 include 20 cricketers from the recently-organised CCA two-day tournaments. Out of these 20 cricketers, 11 are from far-flung areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the PCB remains committed in not only tapping talent from these areas but also involving them in the national framework.

The 20 players to breakthrough the CCA Two-Day Tournament are:

Balochistan – Abdul Hanan (Killa Abdullah), Aftab Ahmed (Loralai), Fahad Hussain (Jaffarabad), Mohammad Idrees (Quetta), Mohammad Javed (Pishin), Sanaullah (Loralai), Syed Zainullah (Pishin) and Tariq Jameel (Loralai)

Central Punjab – Haseeb-ur-Rehman (Lahore), Mohammad Irfan Jnr (Sheikhupura), Mohammad Tabriaz (Sialkot) and Mohammad Waheed (Lahore)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Mohammad Ibrahim (Swabi), Waqar Ahmad (Lower Dir) and Yasir Khan (Bannu)

Northern – Asad Raza (Faisalabad)

Sindh – Khuzaima Bin Tanveer (Karachi), Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro (Sukkur) and Junaid Ilyas (Karachi)

Southern Punjab – Mohammad Shroon Siraj (Sahiwal)

In a continuation of its policy of rewarding last season’s top-performing cricketers, Kamran Ghulam, the recipient of the PCB Domestic Cricketer of 2020 award, and off-spinner Sajid Khan, member of the Test side, have been promoted to A+ category from C and A categories, respectively.

Kamran broke the 36-year-old record of the most runs in a first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament when he scored 1,217 last season, while his Khyber Pakhtunkhwa teammate Sajid was the most successful bowler as he snared 67 wickets at 25.09 runs apiece.

The 191 domestic contracts have been split between the six CAs with each association earning a maximum of 32 players who were selected following a consultation process between the head coaches and their chairs and chief executives. These cricketers have been shortlisted from a pool of 40 players as per CA, who were announced on 4 September.

Players who have not been offered domestic contracts, will remain available for selection for their association and, like last year, will receive match fee, daily allowance and share in prize money.

A number of leading international cricketers have confirmed to the PCB they will prefer event-based contracts instead of the season contracts. These cricketers will be offered the agreed contracts in the lead up to the event they will make themselves available to participate in.

Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab), Aamer Yamin (Southern Punjab), Ahsan Ali Sindh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (both Balochistan), Aamer Azmat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Adil Amin (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Sarfraz (Northern), Abrar Ahmed (Sindh), Aamer Jamal (Northern), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Safi Abdullah (Central Punjab), Ali Waqas (Balochistan), Ahmed Bashir (Central Punjab), Abdul Hanan (Balochistan), Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Akbar-ur-Rehman (Balochistan), Amad Butt (Balochistan), Akif Javed (Balochistan), Aftab Ahmed (Balochistan), Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab), Anwar Ali (Sindh), Ashfaq Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Shafiq (Southern Punjab), Ahsan Baig (Southern Punjab), Naseem Shah (Southern Punjab), Arshad Iqbal (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ayyaz Tassawar (Balochistan), Ali Shan (Central Punjab), Aitizaz Habib Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Asad Shafiq (Sindh), Azeem Ghumman (Balochistan), Bilawal Iqbal (Central Punjab), Ali Zaryab (Central Punjab), Asad Raza (Northern), Sohaib Maqsood (Southern Punjab), Azam Khan (Southern Punjab), Danish Aziz (Sindh), Ammad Alam (Sindh), Ashiq Ali (Sindh),
Zahid Mahmood (Sindh), Bilal Asif (Central Punjab), Faizan Riaz (Northern), Anas Mehmood (Central Punjab), Ather Mehmood (Northern), Ehsan Adil (Central Punjab), Gohar Faiz (Balochistan), Arish Ali Khan (Sindh), Fahad Hussain (Balochistan), Haider Ali (Northern), Gulraiz Sadaf (Balochistan), Asif Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ghulam Mudassar (Sindh), Haris Sohail (Balochistan), Hasan Mohsin (Sindh), Bismillah Khan ( Balochistan), Haseeb-ur- Rehman (Central Punjab), Hussain Talat (Central Punjab), Imran Rafiq (Southern Punjab), Dilbar Hussain (Southern Punjab), Jahanzaib Sultan (Sindh), Imran Khan Snr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Irfanullah Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Farhan Shafiq (Northern), Junaid Ilyas (Sindh), Israrullah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Jamal Anwar (Northern), Gohar Hafeez Butt (Central Punjab), Khuzaima Bin Tanveer (Sindh),
Jalat Khan (Balochistan), Kashif Ali (Northern), Hassan Khan (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Sharoon Siraj ( Southern Punjab), Kashif Bhatti (Balochistan), Mohammad Ali (Central Punjab), Hayatullah (Balochistan), Mohammad Ibrahim (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Hasan (Sindh), Hidayatullah (Balochistan), Mohammad Idrees (Balochistan), Mir Hamza (Sindh), Mohammad Ilyas (Southern Punjab), Junaid Ali (Central Punjab), Mohammad Javed (Balochistan), Mohammad Amir (Northern), Mohammad Irfan (Southern Punjab), Kamran Afzal (Central Punjab), Mohammad Shahid (Balochistan), Mohammad Haris ( Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Saad (Central Punjab), Kashif Iqbal (Northern), Mohammad Tabraiz (Central Punjab), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mukhtar Ahmed (Southern Punjab), Khayyam Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Waheed (Central Punjab), Musa Khan (Northern), Naved Yasin (Southern Punjab), Khurram Shehzad (Balochistan), Mubasir Khan (Northern), Rahat Ali (Southern Punjab), Omair Bin Yousuf (Sindh), Maaz Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro (Sindh), Raza Hasan(Northern), Rameez Alam (Southern Punjab), Maqbool Ahmed (Southern Punjab), Nabi Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),
Rehan Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Raza Ali Dar (Central Punjab), Mehran Ibrahim (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Najeebullah Achakzai (Balochistan), Saad Ali (Sindh), Rohail Nazir (Northern), Mohammad Amir Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Nisar Ahmed (Central Punjab), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab), Saad Nasim (Central Punjab), Mohammad Arif Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Salahuddin (Southern Punjab), Shan Masood (Sindh), Sahibzada Farhan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Asghar (Sindh), Sana Ullah (Balochistan), Sharjeel Khan (Sindh), Sarmad Bhatti (Northern), Mohammad Faizan (Central Punjab), Sohaib Ullah (Central Punjab), Sohail Khan (Sindh), Taimur Ali (Balochistan), Mohammad Imran (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Syed Zainullah (Balochistan),
Sohail Tanvir (Northern), Taj Wali (Balochistan), Mohammad Imran Dogar (Central Punjab), Taimur Sultan ( Northern), Tabish Khan (Sindh), Umaid Asif (Balochistan), Mohammad Imran Randhawa (Southern Punjab), Tariq Jameel (Balochistan), Umar Amin (Northern), Umar Khan (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Irfan Jnr (Central Punjab), Waqar Ahmad (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Umar Siddiq (Southern Punjab), Umar Waheed (Northern), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Central Punjab), Yasir Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Usman Khan Shinwari (Northern), Waqas Ahmed (Northern), Mohammad Junaid (Southern Punjab), Zainullah (Balochistan), Usman Salahuddin (Southern Punjab), Zain Abbas (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Mohsin Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),
Waqas Maqsood (Central Punjab), Zeeshan Malik (Northern), Mohammad Sarwar Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),
Zafar Gohar (Central Punjab), Zia ul Haq (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Taha (Sindh), Mohammad Umar (Sindh), Muhammad Akhlaq (Central Punjab), Munir Riaz (Northern), Musadiq Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),
Nasir Nawaz (Northern), Qasim Akram (Central Punjab), Raza-ul-Hasan (Balochistan), Rizwan Hussain (Central Punjab), Saad Khan (Sindh), Saif Badar (Central Punjab), Saifullah Bangash (Sindh), Saim Ayub (Sindh), Salman Irshad (Northern), Sameen Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Saqib Jamil (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shadab Majeed ( Northern), Shahbaz Khan (Balochistan), Sohail Akhtar (Northern), Syed Faraz Ali (Sindh), Tayyab Tahir (Southern Punjab), Umair Masood (Northern), Usman Khan (Sindh), Waqar Hussain (Southern Punjab), Zeeshan Ashraf (Southern Punjab)

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