PCB announces renewed central contracts for women cricketers

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Lahore: Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan got promotion in A category as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced renewed central contracts for women cricketers.

As many as 18 players have got contracts for the year 2020-21 with two new faces, left-arm spinner Anam Amin and middle-order batter Omaima Sohail. Diana Baig was alongside Bismah and Javeria to get promotion from C into B category.

The nine central contracts see an increase of 33 percent in the monthly retainers of the Category A players, while players in Category B and C will receive 30 and 25 percent rise, respectively.

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In a continuation to last year, the Pakistan national women’s team will travel business class on all flights longer than five hours.

Meanwhile, the emerging central contracts category has also been introduced to award rising cricketers for their performances. The list of emerging category contains nine players including Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, and Syeda Aroob Shah.

Urooj Mumtaz, the chair of the national women’s selection committee, while announcing the central contracts said: “On behalf of the selection committee, I would like to congratulate all the players who have received the central contracts.”

“The selection committee had detailed deliberations prior to announcing the central contracts. International performances over the past 12 months, fitness standards, and the players’ ability to contribute in both white-ball formats were key measures that formed the criteria for the selection,” she added.

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