LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering to offer only three categories of contracts to the top 24 players in the country for the next year and the initial proposal of introducing cuts on individual performance is unlikely to get materialised as players have strongly opposed it. "We are in the process of finalising the central contracts and have received recommendations and the final draft from coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed," a PCB official was quoted by a website. "We have finalised the list of players and have agreed with the chief selector Abdul Qadir. The final list will be announced shortly," said the official. The chief selector has been given the option to add any player if he thinks he is capable of delivering. Controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar has finally won back his contract and is placed in 'A' category despite playing in only three Twenty20 matches in Canada the whole of last year. Shoaib was excluded from the list of contracted players after former the PCB chairman took notice of his outings on the team's tour to India last year. Akhtar lambasted the PCB on his exclusion and was handed a five-year ban. The ban was later reduced, but he was handed a fine of seven million rupees. Shoaib's former pace partner Mohammad Asif, surprisingly given A category last year, will not be given a contract until he clears himself from the dope scandal. Shahid Afridi is also retained in the 'A' category. Captain Shoaib Malik, Misbahul Haq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, and Afridi will all be placed in the 'A' category. Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria and Salman Butt are likely to get category B contracts.