Demoted Younis reportedly won't sign contract

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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has reportedly refused to sign a central contract after being demoted to category B.

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has reportedly refused to sign a central contract after being demoted to category B.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Shoaib Malik, meanwhile, have been removed from the Pakistan Cricket Board's contract list entirely – and fast bowler Junaid Khan has been promoted from category B to A.

"The 31 contacts are awarded to established players and young ones with future potential – with across-the-board increases in remunerations," read a statement from the PCB.

"The standout feature this year is that not only the monthly retainer has been substantively increased, but also match fees for Test and ODI cricket have seen steep upward revision."

Pakistan won just two Tests in eight attempts in 2013, boasted a substandard 50 percent winning rate in ODI cricket and endured and early exit at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in 2014.

But the contract retainership has been increased by 25 percent regardless. They will tour Sri Lanka for two Tests and three ODIs between 6 and 30 August.

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