The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently elevated Test captain Shan Masood’s central contract category from D to B. This decision reflects the PCB’s established policy, stating that when a centrally contracted player, initially below A or B categories, assumes the role of captain, their contract is upgraded to category B for the duration of their captaincy.
Shan Masood, appointed as Test captain on November 15, 2023, is set to lead Pakistan until the culmination of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle. This strategic move by the PCB aligns with recognizing and rewarding leadership responsibilities within the team. Masood’s captaincy tenure kicks off with a crucial three-match series against Australia, commencing on December 14.
The decision not only acknowledges Masood’s captaincy role but also underscores the significance of fostering leadership within the team. As the team embarks on this new chapter under Masood’s captaincy, the upgraded central contract reflects the PCB’s commitment to incentivize and support players in leadership roles, contributing to the overall development and success of Pakistan’s cricketing endeavors.