Contract snub for Pakistan trio
Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik have not received central contracts from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Last Updated: 19/03/10 2:44pm
Former captains Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik are among a number of senior players not to receive a central contract from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The decision comes just over a week after the PCB imposed a stunning player crackdown after the team's performance in Australia.
Acting on a report submitted by an inquiry committee, the PCB handed out severe penalties against Yousuf, Younus and Malik and four others on grounds of instigating indiscipline in the team.
While Younus and Yousuf were banned indefinitely from international cricket, Malik and fast bowler Rana Naved-ul Hasan were banned for a one-year period.
Former Yorkshire player Naved is also among those who have not been awarded a contract.
Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar, the three other players who were heavily fined by the PCB, have however been awarded new deals.
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been removed from the list, but Mohammad Asif, who was ignored last year due to a failed drug test in the IPL, has been granted a top category contract.
In addition to the three usual categories of contracts, the PCB have put several players from the U19 team on a stipend.
Centrally contracted players - Category A: Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal.
Category B: Umar Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat.
Category C: Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman
On stipend: Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Aamer Sajjad, Naveed Yasin, Azhar Ali, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Tanveer Ahmad, Sarfraz Ahmad, Zulqarnain Haider, Umair Khan, Mohammad Talha, Shahzaib Hasan, Azeem Ghumman, Hammad Azam, Babar Azam, Raza Hasan, Sarmad Bhatti, Usman Qadir.