The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ushered in a new era for women’s cricket in the country by announcing groundbreaking domestic contracts for women cricketers. This significant development comes just a few weeks before the commencement of the women’s cricket season in Pakistan, set to begin on September 1.
Recognition and Support
In a pioneering move, the PCB has granted domestic contracts to 74 women cricketers, marking a historic moment for the sport in Pakistan. This initiative aims to recognize and nurture the talent of women cricketers across the nation.
A First-of-its-Kind Initiative
This unprecedented step by the cricket governing body of Pakistan is being hailed as a game-changer. The first season of these contracts has seen 74 talented women cricketers awarded 11-month domestic contracts. Among these players, 59 belong to the emerging and U19 categories, while 14 have represented the Men in Green at the senior level.
These contracts have been awarded to cricketers who have consistently displayed remarkable performances in various domestic cricket tournaments, emerging tournaments, U19 domestic tournaments, and the ICC U19 Women’s World Cup.
Empowerment and Confidence
The significance of this move is not limited to recognizing talent but also to instilling confidence and determination among women athletes. The PCB Management Committee Head, Zaka Ashraf, expressed his congratulations to the cricketers, highlighting the historic importance of this step towards uplifting women’s cricket in Pakistan.
Commitment to Success
Head of Women’s Cricket, Tania Mallick, emphasized the PCB’s commitment to providing the necessary resources and support to ensure the success of these talented women cricketers. As the women’s cricket season approaches, this move aims to bolster their skills and confidence on the field.
While these players have been offered domestic contracts, they will not be included in the upcoming women’s central contracts for 2023-24, which are yet to be announced. Alongside monthly retainers, the contracted cricketers will also receive match fees, daily allowances, and a share in the prize money.
The introduction of domestic contracts for women cricketers by the Pakistan Cricket Board marks a historic step towards recognizing, empowering, and elevating women’s cricket in the country. As the cricket season approaches, these contracts are poised to contribute to the growth and success of women’s cricket in Pakistan.
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