LAHORE  - Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will get a fresh central contract when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announces its list of centrally contracted players for the year 2012. Afridi had automatically lost his contract in May when he announced his retirement from international cricket in protest against the Board's decision to remove him as captain of the one-day team and its policies.

He made a comeback to the national team for the one-day series against Sri Lanka and is presently playing in the Big Bash in Australia. A PCB official said Chairman Zaka Ashraf had asked the concerned officials to start preparing the list of players to be given central contracts this year in consultation with the national selectors and team coach. "Obviously Afridi will get a contract because if he is playing. There is no reason to not give him a contract as he is a former captain and senior player who is performing," the official said.