Shakib Al Hasan is back in the list of Bangladesh’s centrally contracted players, who went missing in 2020 due to a large part of the year being part of a one-year ban from all cricket. Shakib is one of the five cricketers who have been offered an all-format contract. Tamim Iqbal’s contract covers only Tests and ODIs, but Mahmudullah’s contract covers ODIs and T20Is. In 2020, the Bangladesh Cricket Board will switch from red-ball and white-ball contracts to a more format-specific deal for players.
The announcement came after the BCB meeting on September 1 and the central contract will run from May to December this year. The board first wanted to see how the players perform, as well as discuss with them which formats they are available for. The number of players offered contracts has increased significantly from 17 last year to 24 this year. Although the BCB did not mention the salary amount for each format, ESPNcricinfo has learned that the match fees remain the same as last year. Therefore players will earn BDT 600,000 (approx USD 7000) per Test, BDT 300,000 (approx USD 3500) per ODI, and BDT 200,000 (approx USD 2350) per T20I.
Apart from Shakib, all other formats have Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed and Shorful Islam in the range. Rahim and Liton were in the same category last year as well. Meanwhile, fast bowlers Ahmed and Shorful have been rewarded for their consistency this year.