Pakistan’s pace trio of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were the notable absentees in the central contract list unveiled by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the next one year. Having been a part of Pakistan’s lineups across formats for the past few years, their exclusion has led to an expression of shock from fans.
Delving into the reasons behind their omission, Pakistan chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq claimed that Hasan had missed out on cricket action due to his long struggles with injury issues. Meanwhile, he pointed out that Wahab and Amir had already announced their retirement from red-ball cricket, decreasing their utility for the team.
“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move” - Misbah told reporters.
However, the former Pakistan skipper maintained that Wahab and Amir will continue to remain in contention for selection for the short-form games in light of the T20 World Cup later this year.