The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan informed yesterday that the centrally-contracted players' list was extended by four players from last year to 17.
The contracts were divided into A+, A, B+, B and rookie categories with the Big Five of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza -- who was elected a member of parliament in the recent elections -- Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad all handed A+ contracts.
Liton Das, who made inroads into the ODI side and also pushed for a place in the Test team with his performances last year, was promoted to category B contract after being handed a rookie contract last year.
Young left-hander Nazmul Hossain, who impressed in last season's Dhaka Premier League but did not make the most of his opportunities with the national side, was the only one from last season's rookie list to be excluded. The other of last year's rookies, Abu Hider, was retained under the same category.
Imrul Kayes, who has been excluded from the squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand and had not been awarded a central contract last year, was awarded a category A contract alongside Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain.
Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed and Sabbir Rahman -- part of Bangladesh's ODI squad for the New Zealand tour -- also missed out on central contracts along with Mosaddek Hossain and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. All five were excluded from last year's list as well.
There were many new faces in the rookie list, with 18-year old Nayeem Hasan -- who impressed with his performances during the Test series at home against the West Indies -- joining all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin and pacers Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed in that category.