South Africa's all-rounder Shaun Pollock, batsman Ashwell Prince and pacer Andre Nel have had their contracts upgraded because of their outstanding performances in the recent series against India and in the first Test against Pakistan.
"Shaun, Ashwell and Andre have played pivotal roles in the success of the Proteas this season. Cricket South Africa has consequently decided to upgrade their contracts mid-season as a reward for their hard work, commitment to the team effort and outstanding performances on the field," CSA Chief Executive Gerald Majola said.
Pollock moves from 'A' to 'A+', with Prince and Nel going from 'C' to 'B' contracts.
The second Test between South Africa and Pakistan begins in Port Elizabeth from Tuesday.
During the season, Pollock was 'Man of the Series' for both the Tests and ODIs against India.
In the Tests against India, he took 13 wickets (average 16) and scored 187 runs (average 31.16) and took 10 wickets in the ODIs.
Prince scored 121 against India at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, in the critical second Castle Test and 138 against Pakistan at Centurion in the winning the first Test of the three-match series.
Prince is the Proteas' leading run scorer in Test cricket this season with 905 runs (average 47.63), and scored 306 runs at an average of 61.20 in the Tests against India.
Nel was one of the star bowlers against India in the Proteas' 4-0 MTN Series victory, with a best of 8-2-13-4 at Durban.