Embattled Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar's career has been dealt another blow with the Cricket Board in Karachi deciding not to renew his central contract as he is neither playing for the national team nor competing in the domestic circuit.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt said no fresh contract would be issued to the fast bowler, whose career has been marred by injury breakdowns, a dope scandal and disputes with the authorities.
Shoaib's current contract expires at the end of this month.
Butt said only those players are given contracts and monthly salaries who are playing for the country or competing at the domestic level.
"Unfortunately in both cases, Shoaib has not played for a while now so from next month he will not be getting anymore salary from the board," he said.
Shoaib is placed in the category A of the central contracts, which allows him to draw a salary of Rs 250,000 per month from the board.
The troubled bowler has kept a low profile since returning from England after undergoing a knee surgery two months ago.
He also had a liposuction in Islamabad to remove excess fat from his body but has not spoken to the media or played any competitive cricket.