Skipper Bismah Maroof and right-handed batter Javeria Khan have been promoted to A category as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced extended central contracts 2020-21 for women cricketers.
As many as 18 players including two new entries, Anam Amin and Omaima Sohail, got the renewed central contracts. Diana Baig also got the promotion in the 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.
In a continuation to last year, the Pakistan national women’s team will travel business class on all flights longer than five hours.
Separately, and as part of the PCB’s strategy to enhance the profile of women’s cricket, inspire and incentivise aspiring cricketers and bring it at par with men’s cricket, the PCB has introduced emerging contract list.
Women’s emerging contract list includes Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, and Syeda Aroob Shah.
In a significant boost for the domestic cricketers, the match fee and event prize money have been increased by 100 percent, while daily allowances have been increased by 50 percent.
The Pakistan national women’s team is scheduled to feature in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ACC Women’s T20 Cup in the next 12 months, while an U19 team will feature in the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup.
Women’s 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.