LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday awarded central contract to nine women players, divided into three categories, with 33 per cent increase in A category for 2020-21 season while Bismah Maroof was retained as the captain of Pakistan women’s cricket team.
According to a press release issued by the PCB, the match fee and prize money for domestic events has been enhanced by 100 percent, besides domestic daily allowance increased by 50 per cent. While 33 per cent increase in Category A remuneration has been given, Category B and C also see a 30 and 25 increase in monthly retainers respectively.
Left-arm spinner Anam Amin and middle-order batter Omaima Sohail are the new entries in the central contracts. Only two players including captain Bsimah Maroof and Javeria Khan feature in the A category while Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Sidra Nawaz are placed in the B category. The C category comprises four players namely Anam Amin, Nahida Khan, Nida Dar and Omaima Sohail.
Nine players feature in the emerging category which are 16-year-old Syeda Aroob Shah, 15-year-old Ayesha Naseem (who made her Pakistan debut in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup this year), 22-year-old Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir and Sadia Iqbal (who won player-of-the-match award on her T20I debut against Bangladesh in October).
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The PCB also decided not to renew the contract of head coach Iqbal Imam, under whose coaching Pakistan women’s team did not fare well in the last T20 World Cup held in Australia early this year. However, Iqbal is still lucky to get a place in the high performance set-up. The vacant post of coach of the Pakistan women team will be filled through an advertisement.
Bismah and Javeria have been promoted to Category A, following leading performances with the bat in the last year. Over the last one year, Bismah scored 213 runs at an average of 42.60 in five ODIs and 236 at 39.33 in T20Is, while Javeria was the highest run-getter for Pakistan in T20Is with 260 runs including three half-centuries.
Women’s cricket central contract list 2020-21:
Category A — Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan
Category B — Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Sidra Nawaz
Category C — Anam Amin, Nahida Khan, Nida Dar and Omaima Sohail.