Out-of-favour Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam pushed to cricketing wilderness

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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam.

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam must be a confused man nowadays. For nearly a decade, the left-hander has consistently been one of the best performing batsmen in first-class cricket in the country with more than 10,000 runs to his name at an average of 55. But he hasn’t played for Pakistan in Tests since 2009, in ODIs since 2015 and T20s since 2010.

Despite scoring heavily over the years, Fawad had failed to get a look in. In fact this year, selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said even though the 32-year-old has been consistent, now there are others better than him. “I am not sure why Fawad wasn’t picked in the past before me but if you ask me about my tenure as chief selector, I have seen better players,” Inzamam had said in April.

Not only is Fawad well and truly out of favour in the cricketing establishment, he is now not even among the top 33 players in the country.

The Karachi batsman failed to land a central contract in the new list announced by the Pakistan board that saw a big pay hike for all players. That even promising players in domestic cricket have been given a new Group E contract makes it more difficult to ascertain why Alam wasn’t deemed worthy of a contract.

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Windfall for Pakistan players as PCB raises match fees and monthly remuneration

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Pakistan Cricket Board raised match fees and monthly remuneration of all centrally contracted players across categories after unveiling a new list on Monday.

The PCB, after consultation with captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik, reached a new three-year ‘Financial Remuneration Agreement’ with players.

According to a PCB press release: “In the new central contracts, PCB has raised the monthly remuneration for each of its categories ranging between 25-30 per cent, and has also increased its players match fees by 20 per cent across categories. An agreed percentage increase will also be given to the players in years two and three of the new agreement.”

Also, a new ‘E’ category has been added to the list to recognise performers on the domestic circuit.

According to Samaa TV, players in Category A will be paid around rupees 800,000 (Dh24,000) per month while those in Category B will take home half a million rupees a month with Category C players getting rupees 350,000 a month. The monthly package of Category D players is reported to be rupees 200,000 and Category E cricketers are expected to get 100,000.

Here is the new central contract list.

Category A: Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir

Category B: Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali

Category C: Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas

Category D: Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Usman Salahuddin, Rahat Ali

Category E: Bilal Asif, Saad Ali, Mir Hamza, Umaid Asif, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan

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Pakistan left-arm quick Mohammad Irfan replaces Junaid Khan in Barbados Tridents side for CPL

Waseem Ahmed 30/07/2018
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Irfan will line up for the Barbados Tridents.

Pakistan‘s left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will replace fellow pacer Junaid Khan in the Barbados Tridents side for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Irfan will feature in the tournament which runs from August 8 to September 16 after Junaid became unavailable.

At 36 years of age, Irfan is closer to the twilight of his career but the experience he brings to the tale is of great value. He recently featured in the Global T20 Canada tournament for Edmonton Royals.

“It is a disappointment not to have Junaid available but the experience of another left-arm quick like Mohammad Irfan will be an asset to the our campaign,” Tridents head coach Robin Singh said. “He is no stranger to international cricket and this know-how, coupled with his unique ability with the ball, means he will be a key part of the Tridents attack and a handful for opposing batsmen.”

Tridents open their season against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 12 in Providence.

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