Islamabad - Pakistan test and limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi are among five players given top category A contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday.
Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan are the other players in the top category as the PCB announced central contracts to 31 players in four categories.
Experienced middle order batsman Younis Khan has been demoted to category B, which also includes Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Umar Gul.
The PCB director international Zakir Khan, chief selector Moin Khan and camp commandant Mohammad Akram selected the contracted players after evaluating fitness of them during a month-long training camp in Lahore.
The PCB says it has increased the monthly salaries and remuneration for test matches in all the four categories by 25 percent.