In a first and empowering move for women, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today presented Pakistan’s first-ever franchise cricket league for women cricketers, which will run alongside the HBL Pakistan Super League 8 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in March 2023.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja shared the first look and the double-league format was revealed. Four city-based sides, each comprising 12 local and six foreign players, will compete for the biggest prize in Pakistan’s women’s domestic calendar.
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Ramiz Raja shared how this league will not only feature current best players, but will also give new players a chance to showcase their talent. “This league will attract young women cricketers to this great sport and help our current players further enhance their skills when they will get to share dug-outs with the overseas players. The league will feature present and past trailblazers in women’s cricket in what promises to be an exciting 13-match event,” he said.
He also went on to share how it’s a step towards strengthening the presence and love this nation has for cricket. “This event is aligned to our strategy of making Pakistan a stronger cricket playing nation across all formats and genders. We are not only creating attractive brands to strengthen our cricket economy, but through this tournament are also providing career opportunities to our women cricketers. The more our women cricketers will participate in high-pressure events, the more they will learn,” he said.
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To conclude, he mentioned how initiatives like this are necessary to empower the women of the country. “The PCB is a strong proponent of empowering women to shine brighter. By engaging our women, which form 49 per cent of the country’s population, we will enhance the economic and social prosperity of our country,” he shared.
The league will feature four franchises that will fight for the trophy. Some matches will take place before PSL 8 whereas the final match will be played a day before PSL 8’s finale.