Issue of ‘central contracts’ will affect Pakistan’s performance in World Cup: Zaka Ashraf


Karachi: Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf said that players’ revolt against reduced three-month central contracts will affect Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2015, which begins next month in Australia and New Zealand.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be criticized for this controversy, which has popped when the World Cup is just around the corner. The board should have given one-year contracts as usual so that players may have felt secure and would play without being in any mental agony,” Zaka Ashraf said on Monday.

“It is ridiculous that your players will not be in their proper mind frame during World Cup because of the mismanagement by the board. Actually Shaharyar Khan is only a dummy Chairman of the board and it is former chairman Najam Sethi, who calls all the shots. But he has no background of management and we can see the adverse results now,” Zaka said.

Although not anymore chief of PCB, Governing Board member Najam Sethi heads powerful Executive Committee of the board. He also heads media and model constitution committee.

“Our players come from humble background and they need some sense of security and that is the only thing they have complained about,” Zaka added.

“This will hurt Pakistan’s chances in World Cup. PCB top brass should be sacked for their incompetence,” Sarfraz Nawaz, a former test cricketer, said.

“The governing board members are concerned only with their perks, benefits and tours and they care least of the players and Pakistan cricket,” the outspoken Sarfraz added.

PCB extended the central contracts of all the 31 players up to March 31, 2015 while also including Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan, being a part of World Cup. PCB central contracts for 2015 was decided to be awarded from April 1, 2015. The central contracts will be valid from January 1 to March 31, 2015. The term of the previous contracts expired on December 31, 2014.

The Central Contracts Committee – headed by Director Cricket Operations (International) Zakir Khan, Director Game Development Haroon Rasheed, Chairman National Selection Committee Moin Khan and Head Coach Pakistan National Team, Waqar Younis met on December 7 to discuss various options concerning the central contracts and they decided to extend the existing contracts.

The list of 33 players given central contracts:

Category ‘A’: Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan.

Category ‘B’: Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul.

Category ‘C’: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Abdur Rehman.

Category ‘D’: Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shan Masood, Mohammad Talha, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan.