Karachi: Former Australian batsman and Karachi Kings’ head coach Dean Jones is surprised at the exclusion of pacers Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) renewed central contracts.
Reacting to ARY Sports’ report regarding the omission of the tri from the central contract list, Jones termed the decision ‘Bizarre’. The cricketer-turned coach thinks that the decision might backfire as there are two back-to-back T20 World Cups in the next two years.
“With 2 x T20 World Cups in a short time? Bizarre!” Jones tweeted.
With 2 x T20 World Cups in a short time? Bizarre! https://t.co/8IptlNp9k3
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) May 13, 2020
However, national team head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said that Amir, Hasan, and Wahab are still in their future plans.
“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan, and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move,” he said in a statement released by the PCB.
“Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers,” he added.
It must be noted here that the PCB, on Wednesday, announced new central contracts, coming into effect from July 1. As many as 18 players got new contracts with few new faces.
Naseem Shah, Haider Ali, Mohammad Husnain, and Haris Rauf have been given central contracts. Shah has got C category while Haider, Husnain, and Haris have been put into newly introduced Emerging Players’ Category.
Shaheen Shah Afridi and Test skipper Azahar Ali have been promoted to A category while former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been demoted into B category.