ISLAMABAD - Players are always given contracts purely based upon their performances in all the sporting boards but the situation in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is completely different. Here in Pakistan only blue-eyed persons being rewarded with lavish contracts, no matter whether they perform or not.

The PCB had announced the squad for T20 World Cup and the most interesting thing to note in that squad is that most of the players who were picked by the PCB had no central contracts at all. And one interesting name needs to be mention here who has been on the PCB central contract list is Sohail Tanveer, who despite playing in more than 50 one-dayers, 22 T20 internationals and representing country in two Test matches was awarded D category contract, which is awarded to new comers or beginner. A player like Tanveer, who had a vast playing experience at the highest level and has ability to win the matches single-handed for the country, deserves better treatment and some respect from the PCB.

A meagre amount of Rs 40,000 monthly is by no means enough for such a valuable player, and to make things more interesting the PCB doesn't offered any contracts to Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Yasir Arafat and above all M Sami who is playing for a long time now. One can argue that Kamran, Razzaq, Imran and Arafat are not playing on regular basis, but Sami is playing from quite a while and he should have been given central contract by the PCB, and he deserves that because the PCB had preferred Sami on Junaid Khan. Instead of keeping it late Sami should have given central contract much earlier.

Arafat is arguably one of the world's best T20 player and had taken loads of wickets in English leagues, representing various counties over there. Pakistan is known for wasting talented players. The PCB could have taken the services of Azhar Mehmood, who is still performing well in domestic cricket abroad and had played some wonderful knocks in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League but he was totally ignored by the PCB during the worst era of Ijaz Butt, who is to blame for destroying careers of many players, including M Yousaf and forcing the best player in the country Younus Khan to sit out for a year or so. Current PCB Chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf is a cricket lover and his steps have shown so far how much he takes this sport seriously. He should look into the affairs and punish the culprits who are reluctant to give the due right to players.