LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has granted central contracts to six cricketers who were not included in the original list of players to be given central contracts earlier this year, it has been learnt.

The fourth-month contracts were awarded to M Talha, M Sami, Tabish Khan, Umaid Asif, all-rounder Fawad Alam and leg-spinner Yasir Shah worth of Rs 40,000 per month from September to December, the source in Pakistan Cricket Board revealed.

"These players were given the short term contracts after the board committee and selectors reviewed their performances," the official said. "These players were not included in the original list of players given central contracts and retainers in May," he added. The players with central contracts and retainers are being paid a much higher monthly amount as compared to the ones given the short term contracts.

In original contracts issued earlier, 'A' category players in the central contracts get 313,000 monthly, while those given retainers also get paid around 75,000 per month.

This fact obviously has left the six players unhappy who are set to recieve a meagre amount.