Ajmal retains Pakistan deal

The 37-year-old will have his illegal bowling action tested again in Chennai, India, next week but he is unlikely to be called into their World Cup squad even if he is given the green light to return to international action.

Ajmal is one of only six players given Category A status, joining captain Misbah-ul-Haq, batsmen Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, all-rounder Shahid Afridi and pace bowler Junaid Khan.

Junaid has been sidelined by injury since October but he retains his highest-level contract, at least until the end of March when contracts will be handed out for the rest of the year.

Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul are confirmed in Category B, while Category C includes??Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Abdul Rehman.

Two members of Pakistan’s World Cup squad, fast bowler Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have secured their first contracts in Category D.

Sixteen other players are also in that group;??Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shan Masood, Mohammad Talha and Anwar Ali.