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    Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan handed Pakistan contracts and pay rise

    Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board has surprisingly awarded axed allrounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Younis Khan category A contracts while increasing their pay by 15 percent.

    Both players were dropped for next month's Champions Trophy, but will be given monthly retainers of around $3,600.

    Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and offspinner Saeed Ajmal were also given category A contracts. Fast bowler Umar Gul, Umar Akmal and Abdur Rehman were demoted to category B, worth $2,500 a month, along with five other players.

    The Akmal brothers, Kamran and Adnan, were among eight players in category C for retainers of $1,400 each. The PCB also awarded stipends of $700 to nine players.