Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), last week, awarded central contracts to players, however the announcement attracted a lot of criticism, specifically over the demotion of former captain Younus Khan. The relegation of Younus Khan made the process even more dubious, in view of a document exchanged between former designated chief selector, Rashid Latif and director game development Haroon Rasheed in March this year, a copy of which is obtained by this correspondent.
The PCB awarded category ‘A’ to five players including Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, and Junaid Khan.
However, the document dated March 11th, 2014, reveals that Rashid Latif and Haroon Rasheed were mutually agreed to award category ‘A’ six players including Younus Khan. The remaining five were the same as mentioned in the PCB list.
Moreover, in the category ‘B’, the former designated chief selector and Director Game Development proposed the names of Umar Gull and Ahmed Shehzad only.
The PCB awarded category ‘B’ to Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, and Umar Gul.
As per the March document, the category ‘C’ included Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Soaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Adnan Akmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Talha, Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed and Anwar Ali.
Total 22 players were short-listed by Latif and Rasheed, with no mention of the category ‘D’.
The PCB, on the other hand, awarded category ‘C’ to Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Abdul Rehman, and placed sixteen others in category ‘D’ which took the final tally to 31.
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif