LAHORE Former captains Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik are among the several senior players who were not given central contract. The PCB earlier this month penalised seven of its players for several reasons and among those, Yousuf and Younus were sidelined for an indefinite period while Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved were banned for one year and fined and another captain Shaid Afridi, Kamral Akmal and Umar Akmal were fined and were put on a watch. Apart from Yousuf and Younus, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved were omitted from the central contract list of players but the probationary trio of Afridi, Kamran and Umar were awarded contracts among 37 players. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who has enjoyed life strained with controversies, was also shown the doors but Mohammad Asif, who was ignored last year due to a failed drug test in the IPL, has been granted a top category contract. In addition to the three usual categories of contracts - A, B, C, the PCB have put several players from the under-19 team on a stipend. All-rounder Yasir Arafat, opener Mohammad Hafeez, middle-order batsman Fawad Alam, fast bowler Wahab Riaz and left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman were awarded category C contracts. Nineteen players, who performed well in domestic cricket and at the under-19 World Cup, will also be offered stipends. Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Aamir Sajjad, Naveed Yasin, Azhar Ali and Tanvir Ahmad are among the top performers in domestic season while Azeem Ghumman, Hammad Azam, Baber Azam, Raza Hasan, Sarmad Bhatti and Usman Qadir were the members of Pakistan u-19 team that reached the final of the U-19 World Cup held in New Zealand. PCB contracted players: Category A: Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal. Category B: Umar Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat. Category C: Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman. Stipends: Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Aamir Sajjad, Naveed Yasin, Azhar Ali, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Tanveer Ahmad, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Zulqarnain Haider, Umair Khan, Mohammad Talha, Shahzaib Hasan, Azeem Ghumman, Hammad Azam, Baber Azam, Raza Hasan, Sarmad Bhatti, Usman Qadir. Malik to appeal against ban Former captain Shoaib Malik has decided to appeal against the one-year ban and the fine imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board. It has be learnt that he was accused of faking an injury and creating disharmony in the team during the Australia tour. The PCB banned Malik and Rana Naved for one year while barred Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan for being part of any of the national teams and Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were fined and put on probation. The PCB also set up a appellate committee and given the players 30 days time farm to file their appeal. Reports said that the PCB also sent a detailed copy to players in connection with bans and fines leveled upon them, following which, players have contacted with their legal advisors and started seeking legal advice to tackle the issue. All the players have received copies from the PCB detailing penalties and bans on them. Reports also said that Malik was upset after receiving a two-page chargesheet from the board which stated that the inquiry committee set up by the PCB had found him to be faking an injury besides spreading disharmony in the dressing room during the tour to Australia. Malik had held consultations with lawyers after getting the letter from the board and decided to appeal against the ban initially to the board chairman and governing council members. The two pages from the board state that the inquiry committee has found him guilty of creating intrigues in the team, spreading disharmony in the dressing room and also faking an ankle injury in New Zealand, a report said. He is upset and disheartened that he has been charged of serious things without even being given a chance to defend himself or cross question his accusers. If his initial appeal is not upheld then he will file a full-fledged case against the board, a close to player said. It is learnt that the captain (Mohammad Yousuf) and coach (Intikhab Alam) had complained to the inquiry committee that before the tour game in Queenstown, Malik pulled out of the match stating he had an ankle injury. Umar Akmal back injury during Aus tour was genuine: Raisbeck Young Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal had a genuine lower back injury during the Australia tour, according to his manager Mark Raisbeck. Some media reports and the Pakistani team management had claimed that Umar was malingering since his elder brother Kamran was dropped from the team. However, Mark Raisbeck claimed that Umar was genuinely injured at that time. Umar had a genuine issue with his lower back during the series against Australia. Umar received treatment and was advised through the correct channels with the Pakistan teams medical staff and a subsequent specialist. This matter was a medical and fitness related issue, his manager told a website. Umar said he wanted to forget the matter. I am very keen to put this matter behind me and concentrate solely on playing cricket for Pakistan. My sole focus is preparing to retain the T20 World Cup with Pakistan in May, he said. Abdul Raquib, manager on the Australian tour, had also mentioned the incident before the PCB inquiry committee, formed to probe into the teams poor performance. The board subsequently fined Umar two million rupees for giving unauthorised statements in Australia. Umar has been Pakistans top batsman in the last few months, scoring a century on his Test debut in New Zealand and carries a Test average of 48.16 and 41 in ODIs.