Karachi - Pakistan cricket authorities on Wednesday retained the suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal while also adding the newcomers fast bowler Sohail Khan and the leggie Yasir Shah in their list of central contracts.
The 37-year-old Ajmal is under suspension for illegal bowling action since September last year and will appear in a reassessment test in Chennai, India on 24 January.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the central contracts would run from January to 31 March this year.
Ajmal was retained in "A" category along with Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan.
Paceman Junaid was lucky to be retained in the top category despite being sidelined through injury since October last year.Shah and Sohail - both part of Pakistan's 15-man squad for next month's World Cup - have been awarded central contracts in Category 'D', the release added.
The board said the central contracts for the remainder of 2015 would be awarded in April.
The term of the previous contracts expired 31 December last year.
Category A: (6)
Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan.
Category B: (3)
Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul.
Category C: (6)
Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Abdul Rehman
Category D: (18)
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, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan.