Mohammad Hafeez considering retirement after demotion in central contract

first_imgSenior Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is reportedly considering retirement after his demotion in the players’ central contract categories by the Pakistan Cricket Board.According to reports in local media, the batting all-rounder has taken his demotion as an insult as he has been performing up to the mark and has won several honours for his country.Hafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB on Monday replaced him with Babar Azam in the top category. Hafeez has now been dropped to category ‘B’ from ‘A’ in the annual central contact given to players for a period of one year.”Hafeez felt upset over the decision, and now he is disillusioned due to discriminatory treatment and, as a result, cannot continue to keep on playing. Mohammad Hafeez will not sign the central contract,” local media quoted the sources as saying.According to sources, Hafeez has expressed strong reservations over the new contract which demoted him to the second tier category.He has so far represented Pakistan in 50 Tests, 200 ODIs and 83 T20Is since making his international debut in 2003.This comes in after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.On Monday, the PCB had announced new central contracts for the upcoming year July 2018- June 2019 by including a total of 33 players across five categories of the central contract. National team captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah and Babar Azam were included in Category A.advertisementAhmed Shehzad, who was provisionally suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, failed to get a central contract.The PCB also announced 25 to 30 per cent increase in the monthly payment for each of its categories and also raised its players’ match fees by 20 percent across all categories.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more