Hafeez may make himself unavailable for the national side

Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan Pakistan Cricket Board Central Contract

KARACHI: Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez may make himself unavailable for the national team selection in the future, raising queries over his demotion to category B in the new list of central contracts, ARY News reported.

According to the sources, Hafeez after being downgraded to Category B of new Central contracts — released by the PCB, decided not to sign the contract until he gets the justification for it.

Mohammad Hafeez is expected to meet PCB’s people in the next two days, where he will look to get a response from the board regarding his new contract category.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced the list of 33 centrally contracted players for the 2018-19 season with a 25% to 30% increase in monthly remuneration and match fees for players.

Young Babar Azam, the second-ranked ODI batsman and fifth-ranked T20I batsman, replaced the veteran all rounder in the top category for the first time.

Mohammad Hafeez who played a key role in Champions Trophy 2017 final, last represented Pakistan in an ODI in January against New Zealand.

Recently, he was a part Pakistan’s ODI squad against Zimbabwe, which they won by 5-0, but he did not get a chance to feature the playing XI.

Out of favor Hafeez represented Pakistan in 200 ODIs scoring 6,107 at an average of 32.83 while appeared in 83 T20i’s for Pakistan adding 1,665 runs to his account.