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Veteran Pakistan all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are set to lose their central contracts.
According to cricketpakistan.com.pk, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials will meet on Thursday to talk about who should be awarded central contracts.
PCB managing director Wasim Khan will chair the meeting, which will also be attended by Zakir Khan, the director of international cricket and committee secretary), Mudassar Nazar, the director of academies, Haroon Rashid, the director of domestic cricket and head coach Mickey Arthur.
In addition to Hafeez and Malik, four or five more players could be removed from the list of centrally contracted players.
Players who do get a central contract will see their monthly salary and match fees for every game rise by 20 percent, while those who only represent Pakistan in Test cricket are set to receive more money per match.
Last year, the PCB announced that 33 players had been given central contracts, but the board will drastically cut that number this time around to 15 to 20.
If national players fail to obtain a central contract, they can get contracts from provincial teams under the new domestic structure.
These are the names that are set to pop up during the meeting: Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Asad Shafiq, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shan Masood, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi.