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Malik, Hafeez unlikely to get PCB central contract

Senior Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan are not likely to get new PCB central contract.

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Malik, Hafeez unlikely to get PCB central contract
Malik, Hafeez unlikely to get PCB central contract. Photo: AP

Following the CWC 2019 disaster, senior Pakistan players Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan are set to be deprived of PCB’s central contract for the coming fiscal year.

As per reports revealed, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling to take 18 to 20 cricketers under central contract from now on instead of previous allocation of 30 to 33 players.

A reliable PCB source said after the board meeting on Thursday as quoted by India Today,

“One thing is clear that the board will not be offering 30 to 33 players the new contracts and the list of contracted players is going to be cut down to around 18 to 20.”

“It seems unlikely that Shoaib Malik, Hafeez, Junaid, and some others will get these central contracts now,” the source also said.

As per the decision making going on, PCB will only make contract with those who possess the future for Pakistan national team and has performed well in last one year.

India Today further quoted the PCB source revealing the potentials of senior cricketers in the team.

He thus said, “The board also doesn’t feel that Hafeez has a long time ahead of him since he has also said goodbye to Test cricket while Junaid Khan’s fitness has been a matter of concern for some time now.”

Junaid Khan, the left-arm pacer was left out of Pakistan’s World Cup squad and Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after the mega event although he is highly likely to continue playing in the shortest format of the game.

Mohammad Hafeez, 38, failed to show a good run with the bat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 therefore he is out of contest for the team in the long run.

Pakistan made an early exit from the greatest ICC event last month being defeated in successive matches and also lost the high strung match against arch-rivals India.

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