KARACHI: Pakistan cricket selectors Tuesday included young spinning allrounder Imad Wasim in the central contract list, confessing a typo almost deprived him of a handsome monthly salary and win bonus.
The 26-year-old, who famously hit a six in the final over to help Pakistan win the second Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Colombo last month, was surprisingly omitted from the list of 28 players awarded contracts on Saturday.
Pakistan’s chief selector Haroon Rasheed said Wasim’s name was erroneously missed out.
“Owing to a typographic oversight, Wasim’s name was omitted from the list of centrally contracted players. He was in the selection committee’s list in category ‘D’. But while submitting the names for approval, his name was erroneously omitted from the list. The error stands corrected now.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Wasim’s name is approved.
“Wasim has been added to the list of 27 who have been offered central contract for the year 2015-16, following PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan’s approval on chief selector Haroon Rashid’s request,” PCB said in a statement.
PCB has increased monthly salaries, win bonuses and match fees across all categories after a deadlock between the players and the central contract committee delayed the announcement for two months.
The contracts will be from July to December. The final list of central contract players:
Category ‘A’ (6)
Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan.
Category ‘B’ (8)
Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.
Category ‘C’ (8)
Anwar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaan Masood and Umar Akmal.
Category ‘D’ (6)
Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar and Imad Wasim.