PCB Announces Central Contracts; Names Babar Azam As ODI Captain; Drops Mohd. Amir, Wahab Riaz & Hasan Ali

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PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) announced central contracts yesterday and besides naming Babar Azam as the ODI skipper the board also made some other interesting changes. So, here is a look at what exactly happened.  

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Babar Azam Named ODI Captain

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The issue of ODI captaincy was left pending at the time former skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was dismissed. Nevertheless, the appointment of Babar Azam brings the matter to a close.

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Also, Azhar Ali has been retained as Pakistan’s Test captain and hence, both Azhar and Babar alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi make it to the A category of the PCB central contracts.

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Sarfraz Ahmed Survives Being Dropped

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Former captain, Sarfraz Ahmed survived and therefore, is now part of the  B category in the central contracts alongside fellow wicket-keeper batsman i.e. Mohd. Rizwan and others. Head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq also made it clear that his regime plans to make use of Sarfraz’s experience in coming days. 

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Mohd. Amir, Wahab Riaz & Hasan Ali Dropped

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Mohd. Amir and Wahab Riaz’s decision to ditch red ball cricket and Hasan Ali’s injuries have cost all three of them a place in the central contracts. Nevertheless, Misbah clarified that their experience might as well be utilized down the lane.

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So, Who Else Was Able To Find A Place?

Here is how the complete list of PCB’s central contracts looks like:

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