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Injury-prone Shoaib gets a fresh lease of life

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi:Injury-prone fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is among 20 cricketers who have been offered new one-year contracts, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.

"Twenty players are being offered central contracts for a period of one year starting July 1, 2005 and Shoaib Akhtar is included in the list," the Board said in a statement.

Another 13 players, who have the potential to represent Pakistan in future, are being offered central retainership contracts, said the PCB.

Akhtar, 29, returned from Pakistan's tour of Australia earlier this year due to a hamstring injury, which also forced him to miss the subsequent visits to India and the West Indies.

The injury prompted speculation he could be dropped from the list of contracted players or given a six month contract.

Pakistan introduced the contract system last year, giving the country's top 17 cricketers monthly salaries worth around 1,200 to 3,500 dollars.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, and Akhtar were offered 'A' category contracts and given monthly salaries of 200,000 rupees (around 3,500 dollars).

Players in the 'B' category got 125,000 rupees (around 2,100 dollars) while players in the "C" category received 75,000 rupees (around 1,200 dollars) a month.

The contracted players were judged by points scored on their performance in international matches.

The 20 players who are offered contracts are: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria, Kamran Akmal, Asim Kamal, Salman Butt, Naveed-ul Hassan, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Akhtar, Arshad Khan, Shabbir Ahmed, Rao Iftikhar, Umer Gul, Bazid Khan and Imran Farhat.

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