Karachi: Four senior cricketers Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir will now be receiving special treatment after they were denied central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to ESPNCricinfo, they will now receive match fees in the ‘A’ category which they were previously being paid in the ‘C’ category.
This is in a direct shift from the official PCB policy on match fees, which states that any player outside the pool of central contracted will be paid a category C match fee.
“The four players made a logical and reasonable request to the PCB prior to the Zimbabwe series,” a PCB spokesperson said.
“The PCB, taking into consideration their seniority and accepting that their request has merit, agreed to pay their match fees in accordance with Category A scales for all matches they will play from the series against Zimbabwe until 30 June 2021,” he added.
Note, Malik and Hafeez were dropped from the central contracts list in 2019 while Amir and Wahab were demoted to Category ‘C’ in 2019 and were axed altogether this year.
Malik and Amir are not part of the 35-member squad for the New Zealand tour. They are in Sri Lanka for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) while Wahab and Hafeez are part of the departing squad. If the duo play, they will continue to receive Category A match fees.