Cricketers Likely to Reject Central Contracts Over Demotion Threat

Pakistan cricketers refuse central contracts

LAHORE: Following Pakistan’s disappointing early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024, sources indicate that several players may refuse central contracts if they face demotion. This move could lead to players opting to play independently, free from contract restrictions.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awaits head coach Gary Kirsten’s report before making any decisions. Senior manager Wahab Riaz will also submit a report for review. This comprehensive review has delayed any immediate board announcements.

A key consideration is the potential removal of certain players from the next series and modifications to the central contracts. It was previously reported that white-ball captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan might be demoted from Category A.

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Insiders revealed that work is underway on a new central contract for national players. A smaller selection committee will finalize these contracts, though player salaries will remain the same.

The PCB’s review follows the team’s early World Cup exit due to poor performance. The Green Shirts failed to advance to the Super Eight, losing their initial matches against newcomers United States and arch-rivals India.

With the US-Ireland match abandoned due to rain, co-hosts USA secured a point, dashing Pakistan’s hopes of progressing. The national team returned home after their final league game against Ireland, marking the third time Pakistan has been eliminated in the tournament’s league round.

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