The PCB has axed veteran cricketers Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal from their list of central contracts for 2014 while seasoned middle order batsman Younis Khan was also demoted from Category A to B according to the list released on Thursday.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi were among 5 cricketers given top category A contracts by the PCB. Muhammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan were the other cricketers in the top category as the PCB announced central contracts to 31 cricketers in 4 categories.
The PCB has enhanced the monthly wages and Test match fees for all categories by 25 % while payment for ODIs has been raised by 10 %. Players will also be offered increased win bonuses – from 200 to 250 % – for winning a series against the 3 top-ranked teams in the world as well as against archrivals India. The contracts will be effective from January 1 this year.