Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been slotted in Category A of both the newly-announced white-ball and red-ball contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Pacer Hasan Ali and opener Imam-ul-Haq are the only other players to be given both contracts. It’s the first time the board is having separate contracts for different formats. The annual contracts are set to come into effect from July 1.
Red- and white-ball contracts:Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (all Category A), Hasan Ali (red-ball Category B, white-ball Category C) and Imam-ul-Haq (red-ball Category C, white-ball Category B)
Apart from these, 10 players have been handed the red-ball contract while 11 have been given the white-ball contract. The Emerging Contract List has been given to seven players, a rise from three given last year.