Pakistan duo Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have lost their central contracts for the 2019-20 international campaign.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the list of centrally contracted players has been reduced from 33 to 19.

Batsman Babar Azam, captain Sarfraz Ahmed and spinner Yasir Shah are the only three to be given a top-level Category A deal.

Shoaib and Hafeez were overlooked a day after it was announced head coach Mickey Arthur would depart his role along with bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden.

Experienced all-rounders Shoaib and Hafeez will still be available for selection in a new era for Pakistan.

PCB managing director Wasim Khan said: "I want to congratulate all those who have been offered central contracts for the next season.

"We have significantly increased the financial value of the 2019-20 retainers across each category. This is over and above what had been agreed in the current agreement, which is due to run until 2021.

"The PCB have set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract. We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets."

The contracts run from August 1 2019 to June 30 2020, the PCB said, with Pakistan playing Tests and limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh in that period.

 

Pakistan's centrally contracted players for 2019-20:

Category A – Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah

Category B – Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz

Category C – Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari

Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan's first Cricket World Cup victory brought him "total relief" after a dismal run of form.

Pakistan had lost 11 consecutive completed ODIs before upsetting tournament hosts and favourites England in a 14-run triumph at Trent Bridge on Monday.

That run of defeats for Hafeez's side had included four in a row against England in a series sweep yet the 38-year-old, who made 84 in Nottingham, felt performances were never far away.

"In the series with England, we thought we were close, even if the matches didn't go quite our way," he said.

"We made some crucial mistakes at crucial times but that didn't happen today. England made the mistakes and we were very consistent.

"It's a feeling of total relief. After the game against the West Indies [their 2019 CWC opener], we were really looking forward to this match and putting things right.

"We know this team is very capable. We just needed to start converting some matches into wins.

"We had a really good meeting after the West Indies and we put right everything we discussed. I'm very proud of how we expressed ourselves."

Pakistan face Sri Lanka next in Bristol on Friday, while England take on Bangladesh in Cardiff the following day.

Eoin Morgan accepted England's fielding was not good enough as the Cricket World Cup hosts and favourites lost by 14 runs against Pakistan.

Hopes of a title challenge had been boosted by England's opening win against South Africa, yet they failed to build on that result as a big run chase fell short at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) both hit centuries, but Pakistan's total of 348-8 proved beyond them.

Captain Morgan suggested England lost up to 20 runs through poor fielding in the Pakistan innings and believes that is what cost his side.

"I thought we were outfielded today. It was probably the difference between the sides," he said in the post-match presentation.

"Our performance is going to go up and down throughout the tournament with the bat and with the ball, but our fielding has to remain a constant throughout the side.

"I thought it was well below par today and probably cost us 15 or 20 runs."

Morgan still felt England could have reached their victory target had his batsmen found their groove earlier.

"Trent Bridge is a very high-scoring ground," he said. "The wicket was very good, the outfield was absolutely rapid, and we felt that, if we got partnerships going, 350 was certainly within our grasp.

"Losing early wickets is not ideal, but certainly Joe and Jos kept us in the game until the mid-40th over, which is great.

"If we'd got a little bit of a partnership going earlier on in the innings, potentially we could have got over the line."

Pakistan had lost 11 consecutive ODIs before this victory, yet Mohammad Hafeez, who made 84 off 62 balls, insisted their confidence was never affected.

"Everyone was believing that we could do this, that we could win the games," he said. "We were playing very good cricket but we were not winning the crucial stages of the game.

"In the performance today, everyone chipped in, everyone gave everything required in the situation."

Hafeez added: "We were all very confident. We practised yesterday very well and we had a good meeting together. We knew we needed one winning performance from one person and then everybody else had to contribute accordingly."

Pakistan halted their 11-match ODI losing streak with a 14-run Cricket World Cup defeat of favourites England despite centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler at Trent Bridge.

The ICC Champions Trophy holders were embarrassingly bounced out for 105 in a seven-wicket win for West Indies in their first game of the tournament but showed what they are capable of at the same venue three days later.

Mohammad Hafeez top scored with 84 from only 62 balls after Jason Roy dropped him on 14, which summed up a characteristically below-par showing from the hosts in the field as Pakistan posted 348-8.

Babar Azam (63) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) also made half-centuries, Moeen Ali taking 3-50 and Chris Woakes claiming 3-71. He also held four catches, equalling the record for a fielder in a World Cup contest.

The classy Root (107 off 104) took advantage of being put down by Babar on nine by crafting the first hundred of the tournament and put on 130 for the third wicket with the explosive Buttler (103 from 76).

Root and Buttler - whose century was the fastest by an England player in a World Cup match - were dismissed by Shadab Khan (2-63) and Mohammad Amir (2-67) respectively soon after reaching three figures to make it advantage Pakistan.

Wahab Riaz struck twice late in the innings as Pakistan stopped the rot and gained revenge for a recent 4-0 series defeat to England.

What does it mean? Pakistan must be taken seriously

Eoin Morgan said he was prepared for Pakistan's 'A-game' and Sarfraz's side proved they should never be taken lightly with a brilliant batting display.

Fakhar Zaman (36) went out all guns blazing with a license at the top of the order and Hafeez showed age is no barrier, punishing Roy for putting him down a skyer early in a classy innings with powerful hitting and great timing.

Babar also batted with great fluency and captain Sarfraz silenced his critics with a quickfire half-century as Pakistan made England, who were sloppy in the field, toil.

 

Root and Buttler deliver with contrasting styles

England were in big trouble on 114-8 when Shoaib Malik snared Ben Stokes caught behind, but Root and Buttler set up a tense finale.

Root provided the glue, ticking over with aggressive running along with Buttler and putting away loose deliveries with an orthodox approach to score at more than a run a ball, hitting 10 fours and one big six down the ground off Hafeez.

Buttler played his typically expansive shots from the start of his magnificent knock and blasted two huge sixes with the tension building, but he and Root gave it away with tame dismissals soon after raising their bats to leave England facing a tall order.

 

Returning Wahab makes up for lost time

Eyebrows were raised when Wahab was handed a World Cup call-up after two years in the ODI wilderness, but the left-arm quick showed why the selectors put their faith in him.

Wahab generated playing of pace and bowled with great variety, getting Jonny Bairstow caught behind for 32 when he was looking dangerous early in the run chase.

He was on a hat-trick after seeing the back of an out-of-sorts Moeen and Woakes, then caught Jofra Archer in the deep as England finished on 334-9 and Pakistan responded to their Windies drubbing like champions.

Mohammad Hafeez guided Pakistan to a nervy five-wicket win over South Africa in Saturday's opening one-dayer in Port Elizabeth. 

Fakhar Zaman made a classy half-century following Shaheen Afridi's four-for as Pakistan claimed an elusive six-wicket ODI win over New Zealand after Imam-ul-Haq took a nasty blow on the helmet.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed slammed Ross Taylor for his "disgraceful" apparent complaints about Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action.

Shadab Khan sparked an almighty batting collapse after Babar Azam reached 1,000 Twenty20 runs in record time as Pakistan completed a 3-0 series whitewash over New Zealand with a 47-run victory in Dubai.

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