The seniority of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir has resulted within the PCB agreeing to supply the quartet of non-contracted gamers preferential remedy. It sees all of them paid Class A match charges for representing Pakistan in any format. That is in direct departure from the official PCB coverage on match charges, which stipulates that any participant outdoors the pool of central contracted shall be paid a class C match charge.
The PCB confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that this had been accredited as a result of all 4 had requested the PCB to make an exception as a result of they had been senior gamers. “The 4 gamers made a logical and cheap request to the PCB previous to the Zimbabwe sequence,” a PCB spokesman mentioned. “The PCB, considering their seniority and accepting that their request has benefit, agreed to pay their match charges in accordance with Class A scales for all matches they may play from the sequence towards Zimbabwe till 30 June 2021.”
Each Malik, 38, and Hafeez, 40, had been dropped from the central-contracts list in 2019. Final 12 months, each got here below heavy scrutiny for his or her performances, with their worldwide prospects showing bleak. Hafeez had opted to retire from worldwide cricket on the conclusion of the T20 World Cup, initially scheduled for earlier this 12 months, however determined to delay it after it was postponed. Sturdy performances over the previous 12 months have meant Hafeez stands likelihood of remaining concerned with the nationwide set-up, whereas Malik has struggled.
Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz misplaced their central contracts after each retired from Check cricket final 12 months citing workload administration to increase their white-ball careers with Pakistan, and in T20 leagues world wide. Each had been demoted to class C in 2019 and had been axed altogether this 12 months.
Regardless of dropping their contracts, all 4 remained in nationwide competition within the final 18 months. Malik and Amir, nevertheless, weren’t a part of the departing squad for New Zealand. Riaz and Hafeez are among the many 35-man squad – a mixed group for Pakistan senior and Pakistan A staff (Shaheens). Ought to they play, they may proceed to obtain Class A match charges.