Malik and Akmal both miss out.
The Pakistan Cricket Board have decided not to hand middle order batsman Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal new central contracts this term as the duo’s performances have not been satisfactory.
In a list of 31 contracted players across four categories, Test specialist Younis Khan’s demotion from Category A to Category B was the other surprise element, despite the veteran having been one of the fittest players in the recent camp conducted by the cricket board.
Left arm speedster Junaid Khan moved up the pecking order from Category B to A, to join the elite list of four other top paid stars in Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Misbah-ul-Haq.
There is a Category D for promising young players in which the likes of Sharjeel Khan, Ehsan Adil, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail and Shan Masood have found a place, while young top order bat Ahmed Shehzad has also moved up from Category C to B, after having impressed with the national side over the last year.