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Reasons behind Junaid’s exclusion from central contracts list

Reasons behind Junaid’s exclusion from central contracts list

Fast bowler Junaid Khan has not been awarded a central contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) this year as he failed to make the cut after the board reduced the number of players from 33 to 19.

The decision made by the PCB seems justified to a certain extent as Junaid has apparently lost his pace ever since he made a comeback from the knee injury. During the last 12 months, Junaid played 7 ODIs in which he only got 10 wickets at an average of 39.50. Additionally, he has been bowling the mid-130s which is not an issue for batsmen to manage these days.

The 29-year-old is already nearing the end of his career due to his deteriorating fitness which has been evident in his ground fielding during the games that he played for Pakistan in the last few years.

Keeping all the above points in mind, it would be fair to say that the PCB did not give a central contract to Junaid on justifiable grounds and it might seem harsh to some, but it is the right way to go for Pakistan cricket.