Umar Akmal Not Given Central Contract; Sarfraz Ahmed In Category A

Umar Akmal Not Given Central Contract; Sarfraz Ahmed In Category A

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced central contracts for the new season (2017-18) involving 35 players divided into four categories, which didn't include the controversial Umar Akmal.

The 27 year-old Akmal, who has played in 16 Tests, 116 ODIs and 82 T20Is, was dropped from Pakistan's successful Champions Trophy squad after failing two fitness tests upon arrival in the UK.

A PCB release said that a number of young players have been awarded central contracts this year keeping in mind that the national teams in all formats will be going through transition phase after a number of retirements from last year's central contract list.

Amir, who was in category B a year ago, was promoted to category A. Batsman Babar Azam, fast bowler Hasan Ali and allrounder Imad Wasim jumped to category B from C, while opening batsman Ahmed Shahzad moved one step up to category C.

Apart from Akmal, Zulfiqar Babar and Anwar Ali have also been omitted from the contract list, having previously been on Category D. The likes of Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan - all of whose involvement in the PSL corruption case earned them suspensions - were expectedly missing.

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Category B: Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Asad Shafiq and Hasan Ali.

Players now suspended due to the PSL spot-fixing scandal have also been omitted from the list of the contracted players.

Six players are in Category A, four players in Category B, 11 players in Category C and 14 players Category D.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved contracts of thirty five players.

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