In a pay boost for Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hafeez, PCB has agreed to give these centrally non-contracted senior players Category A match fees for representing Pakistan in any format.
Senior Pakistan players Mohammad Amir (R) and Shoaib Malik (Reuters Image)
- Amir, Wahab, Malik and Hafeez are not parts of PCB’s centrally contracted players
- PCB has agreed to give them match Category A match fees for representing Pakistan
- According the rule non-contracted players get Category C match fees
In a pay boost for all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez and pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to pay the quartet Category A match fees despite them not being in the list centrally contacted players by the board. This is completely opposite to PCB’s policy on match fees, which suggests that any non-contracted player should get a Category C match fee.
The PCB has tweaked the traditional rule keeping in view the seniority of the players.
“The four players made a logical and reasonable request to the PCB prior to the Zimbabwe series. The PCB, taking into consideration their seniority and accepting that their request has merit, agreed to pay their match fees in accordance with Category A scales for all matches they will play from the series against Zimbabwe until 30 June 2021,” the PCB has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo.
While, Shoaib Malik (38) and Mohammad Hafeez (40) were dropped from the Central-contracts list in 2019, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were omitted from the list this year after their decisions to bid adieu to the longest format last year. Mohammad Hafeez had decided to retire from international cricket after T20 World Cup 2020 but its postponement has led to change in his plans. Hafeez was adjudged Payer-of-the-Series in the T20I series against England earlier this year but Malik has struggled.
Also, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik were not been selected in the 35-man Pakistan squad for New Zealand tour.