Former cricket stars today berated the Pakistan Cricket Board for omitting leading performers from the list of centrally contracted players.
The former players were also irate about PCB's decision to demote some players to the stipends list and awarding
central contracts to players, who did not play for the national team last year.
PCB yesterday announced a list of 18 players, who were awarded central contracts in three categories, dropping the
names of Mohammed Yousuf and Younus Khan.
The Board also named 19 players, who will get a stipend of Rs 75,000 per month.
"I don't know what criteria has been followed while finalising the list, but it is amazing that players like Hasan
Raza, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Muhammad Sami, Imran Nazir have been omitted while other promising youngsters like
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Khalid Latif and Khurrum Manzoor are now being given stipends," former Test batsman Basit Ali said.
The secretary of the Karachi City Cricket Association Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari said he could not understand how the
Board could give just stipends to players like Sarfaraz Ahmed, Latif or Manzoor who were the future of Pakistan cricket.
"We will lodge a strong protest with the Board and we want to know in the governing council what criteria was
adopted for giving contracts and stipends," Bukhari said.