The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday gave central contracts to 17 women cricketers for the first half of 2019 watching the progress of players in second half of 2018.
A four-member committee comprised of Haroon Rashid (Director Cricket Operations PCB), Jalaluddin (Head of the Selection Committee), Mark Coles (Head coach women’s cricket team) and Asmavia Iqbal (Member Pakistan women’s selection committee) finalized the names. The contracts have been started from 1 January and will expire on 30 June.
According to the selection committee, those players who showed valuable progress in the last six months, have been selected for central contracts.
Haroon Rasheed congratulated the women cricketers for getting the central contract and advised the other women cricketers to work hard to get their names in the list in future.
“I am confident for the remaining girls that they will work hard and find their places in the next central contract,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Fareeha Mehmood, Ghulam Fatima, Maham Tariq, and Rameen Shamin didn’t make it to the list of central contracts.
Rasheed further said that the PCB is keen to invest more and more in women’s cricket to flourish the status of this category in the country. “Women cricket is among one of the top priorities of the PCB,” he said.
On the other hand, right-handed batswoman Omaima Sohail for the first time got the contract.
Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof said that she always feel confident and motivated when getting central contract from the PCB.
“Central contract is something which encourages budding women cricketers to work harder and show their skills,” he said.
In the second half of 2018, the Pakistan women cricketers featured in the ICC Women’s Championship, ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies and visited Bangladesh for ODI and T20I series.
Pakistan women’s team is ranked seventh in ICC’s both ODI and T20I team rankings. The women in green will play a home series against the Windies and away series against South Africa in the first half of 2019. Bangladesh is also expected to pay a return visit in March.
List of contracted players:
Category A: Bismah Maroof, Javeria Wadood, Nahida Khan and Sana Mir
Category B: Nashra Sundhu, Nida Rashid and Sidra Nawaz
Category C: Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Omaima Sohail, and Sidra Amin
Category D: Aimen Anwar, Ayesha Zafar, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, and Natalia Pervaiz