The first domestic contracts for women cricketers were announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday. The board has given the contract for 11 months and that too to 74 women. Out of these 74 players, 59 are budding cricketers and belong to the Under-19 category.
In the contact list that has been made, 14 cricketers coming on this list have already represented Pakistan. It includes big players like Javeria Khan who is the former captain, Kainaat Imtiaz, Anaam Amin, and Eman Anwar, and many more great players like Iram Javed, Fariha Mehmood, Ayesha Zafar, Saba Nazir, Maham Tariq, Javeria which is international.
Players who are under domestic contracts will also get a share of the monthly retainers, along with match fees, daily allowances, and prize money.
The PCB has brought back the facility for women cricketers to train at eight cricket academies, which can be located anywhere in the country, in addition to domestic contracts. Seven of them are currently under training. These seven trainings –
- National Cricket Academy, Lahore
- Hanif Mohammed High-Performance Centre, Karachi
- Haq High-Performance Center, Inzamam-ul-Multan
- Qayyum Stadium, Peshawar
- Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad
- Bugti Stadium, Quetta and
- Women’s Sports Stadium, Bahawalpur
Speaking on the decision, Zaka Ashraf, who heads the PCB Management Committee, said that he would like to congratulate the 74 women who have earned these contracts on their own, through dedication and talent. According to him, this is a very happy and important occasion for Pakistan. Pakistan Cricket Board is taking this historic and good step towards the upliftment of women’s cricket in Pakistan.