PCB has changed its approach with regards to women cricketer’s central contracts as merely ten players were offered contracts. This was down from 17, from six months ago. However, the 10 contracted players will be getting higher remuneration, than before.
Sana Mir & Nida Dar were the only two players offered A category contracts. While current captain Bismah Maroof and former captain Javeria Khan were demoted to category B. The category D has been done away with. Category A has seen a 20% increase. While category B and C were increased by 18.5% and 18% respectively. Moreover, the contract length has been increased from 6 months to a year. Daily and foreign tour allowance have also increased. The Team will now also travel on business class.
However, more importantly, players will also be paid when they play domestic matches.
"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," Urooj Mumtaz, chief selector for the women's team, said. "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 take up the sport with a realistic opportunity to represent the country."
Furthermore, PCB managing director Wasim Khan has this to say, "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," he said in a statement. "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."
A lot of people are surprised that despite excellent on-field performance with a series win against West Indies, and a drawn series against South Africa away, the number of contracts has gone down and even players like Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan haven’t been offered an A category contract
Pakistan is currently fifth on the ICC Women’s Championship table and slated to play arch-rivals.
The contracted players:
Category A: Nida Dar and Sana Mir
Category B: Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Ameen and Sidra Nawaz
Category C: Diana Baig and Nahida Khan