There was a significant dispute over the national cricketers' central contracts this year, but the players' stance eventually prevailed
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September announced the successful negotiation of a three-year central contacts deal with senior players, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026.
However, there was a significant dispute over the national cricketers' central contracts this year, but the players' stance eventually prevailed.
PCB increased the monthly retainer and match fees significantly, and the most significant aspect is the 3% share from ICC's revenue, which has happened for the first time in history.
Sources revealed that most players have signed contracts, after which they have been paid their dues. The acceptance of senior cricketers included in Category D, such as Shan Masood and Hassan Ali, along with Category C's Imad Wasim and B's Naseem Shah, was awaited.
Shan signed the contract on Wednesday. He has recently been appointed captain of the national Test squad, and changes in his category is expected.
Hassan is expecting an improvement in his category. Imad Wasim is currently appearing as an expert on a private TV channel these days; he will not be permitted to do so if he signs the central contract. If he chooses to remain 'free' for leagues, a significant decision will have to be made in this regard.
Naseem Shah is struggling with a shoulder injury these days; he may accept the contract upon his return from England. Whichever player signs the contract will receive their dues in a few days. Remember that initially, Iftikhar Ahmed did not accept the Category D contract, but a few days ago, he signed it, after which his dues will be paid.