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Pakistan Players To Play Asia Cup 2023 Without PCB Central Contracts: Reports

image-lkkuneyqPakistan is currently playing in Sri Lanka [AP Photo]

The deadlock between Pakistan players and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will continue for a while as no mutual agreement on the new central contracts have been reached. 

This will see the likes of Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammed Rizwan, and others field in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 tournament without a central contract as reported by  Cricket Pakistan. 

The PCB central contracts expired on June 30, and the players have demanded a change in terms and conditions for renewal.  However, both the PCB and players will mostly likely find middleground before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. 

The players have demanded a hike in their pay, which is considerably low when compared to other cricketers. 

The Pakistan cricket team currently in Sri Lanka for a two-Test series, following which several big names that will feature in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 further delaying their meeting with PCB chief Zaka Ashraf. 

Right after LPL, the Asia Cup 2023 will be held making it difficult for any kind of negotiations during that period, with the tournament taking place across Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

Meanwhile, Ashraf has asked officials to look into the demands of the players and might increase salaries and match fees and also start various insurances for players if found fair.