The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to reduce the number of centrally contracted women cricketers from 17 to 10.
According to the details, the board has taken the decision to increase the remuneration for the retainers.
The only cricketers remaining the Category-A include Sana Mir and Nida Dar. The Category-B features demoted Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan and the Category-D has been removed altogether.
The complete list of players included in each category is as follows:
|Category A||Category B||Category C|
|Sana Mir||Aliya Riaz||Diana Baig|
|Nida Dar||Bismah Maroof||Nahida Khan|
The allowances of each category have also been increased and here is the latest financial structure:
For local tours, daily allowances have been doubled and increased to Rs. 2,000 which equals to roughly $13.
Similarly, for foreign tours, the daily allowance has also been increased from $50 to $100.
In addition to the increased payouts, the duration of the contracts has also been increased from six months to a complete year.
Speaking about the decision, the chief selector of women cricket team Urooj Mumtaz said:
The announcement of the new central contracts is a great story for the women’s game in Pakistan and indicates the exciting times that lie ahead for cricketers in the country. The women cricketers have shown tremendous improvement recently and this is reflected in the central contracts being offered to them, which are reward-and incentive-based.
With more international cricket scheduled over the coming months, this will motivate the girls to continue to perform strongly. Apart from the enhanced central contracts, we have also introduced incentives for the players in domestic cricket, who will now earn Rs 10,000 [approx. $64] per match. This is a small step in making women’s cricket more professional and inspiring young women cricketers to take up the sport with a realistic opportunity to represent the country.
The Managing Director of PCB also appreciated the decisions the board has made for the improvement of the women’s cricket in Pakistan.
The enhanced new central contracts form a key part of the vision to enhance the profile of women’s cricket and our aim to strive towards a fairer system. As a responsible and professional organisation, we remain committed to investing in the growth and development of women’s cricket. We want to strengthen the women’s and girls’ game at all levels so that our national team can continue to go from strength to strength.