Men’s central contract lists for 2022–23 were released on Thursday by Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim, who also awarded red and white-ball contracts to Babar Azam, Hassan Ali, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi. The agreement will take effect on Friday, July 1.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has added four more players to the Emerging Category and implemented separate red and white-ball contracts for the first time. As a result, 33 players in total13 more than the previous season have signed contracts for the following 12 months.
Azhar Ali, one of the ten players who have been given red-ball contracts, has been upgraded to Category A, while Naseem Shah, Abdullah Shafique, and Saud Shakeel have all been given Category C contracts for the first time. Saud Shakeel has been given Category D.
While Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, and Yasir Shah received Category D contracts, Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali were kept in Categories B and C, respectively.