Was Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Promotion in the Central Contract List Well-Deserved?

  • In response to the criticism and fan backlash, PCB decided to make amendments to the central contract
  • The revised central contract list included notable players such as Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed, and Zahid Mahnoor
  • One of the most significant changes was the upgrading of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s contract category, reflecting his strong return

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently announced a groundbreaking three-year central contract list, a move that marked a significant departure from their previous practices. However, the initial release of this contract was met with its fair share of criticism, primarily stemming from the placement of players within different categories.

In response to the criticism and to address the concerns raised by fans and cricket enthusiasts, the PCB swiftly moved to make amendments to the central contract list. Some notable players were initially absent from the list, which triggered disappointment and backlash among fans.

To rectify this, the PCB decided to include deserving players who had been initially omitted. Among the additions to the updated central contract list were Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed, and Zahid Mahnoor, along with five others. This move was seen as a positive step to acknowledge and reward their contributions to Pakistani cricket.

One particularly significant change in the revised list was the upgrading of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s contract category. Sarfaraz made a strong comeback to the Test side and demonstrated his prowess with the bat, amassing an impressive 367 runs with a remarkable average. His outstanding performances, especially against New Zealand, where he notched up three half-centuries and a century in just four innings at home, earned him the coveted privilege of Player of the Series .

It was a well-deserved recognition of his contributions, both as a player and as a leader, and showcased the PCB’s commitment to rewarding performance and excellence. former captain, was previously named in Category “D” but has been elevated to Category B.

Updated List

Other than that Abrar Ahmed and Noman Ali has been added to central contract category C. The final updated list look like as follows:

Category ACategory BCategory CCategory D
Babar AzamFakhar ZamanAbdullah ShafiqueAamir Jamal
Mohammad RizwanHaris RaufAbrar AhmedArshad Iqbal
Shaheen Shah AfridiImam-ul-HaqImad WasimFaheem Ashraf
Mohammad NawazNoman AliHasan Ali
Naseem ShahIftikhar Ahmed
Sarfaraz AhmedIhsanullah
Shadab KhanMohammad Haris
Mohammad Wasim Jr
Saim Ayub
Salman Ali Agha
Saud Shakeel
Shahnawaz Dahani
Shan Masood
Tayyab Tahir
Usama Mir
Zaman Khan

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