The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the women’s central contract list for 2020-21. Around a month ago, the board released the list of players of centrally contracted men for the 2020-21 season, springing a few surprises. The PCB has listed 9 players in the women’s team, adding some privileges and a few extra features.
Interestingly, left-arm spinner Anam Amin and middle-order batter Omaima Sohail are the new entrants in the list, which will come to effect from the 1st of July.
The likes of Bismah Mahroof, Javeria Khan, and Diana Baig have received promotions, owing to their performances in the concluded season of 2019-20. Bismah scored 213 runs at an average of 42.60 in 5 ODIs and 236, averaging 39.33 in T20Is. On the other hand, Javeria was the highest run-getter for Pakistan in T20Is, which consisted of 3 half-centuries.
The 9-player catalog includes emerging players, namely 16-year old Syeda Aroob Shah, 15-year-old Ayesha Naseem, 22-year-old Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, and Sadia Iqbal.
Well, Ayesha Naseem made her first international appearance in the ICC women’s T20 World Cup this year while Sadia Iqbal won the player of the match award on her T20I debut against Bangladesh in October.
The PCB has also decided to keep Bismah Maroof as the captain till the end of the 2020-21 season. The pinnacle body of cricket in the country chose not to keep Iqbal Imam as the coach, who will join the high-performance set-up. The replacement is yet to be announced, which would be selected through an ad process.
The new contract from PCB witnesses the Category A players receive a rise of 33 percent while Category B and C will get an increment of 25 and 20 percent, respectively. As part of continuing the previous year’s trend, the women’s team will travel business class on all flights longer than 5 hours.
Another massive boost arrived in the form of match fee and event prize money, which has been enhanced by 100 percent while daily allowances see an increase of 50 percent. Urooj Mumtaz, who is the chairperson of the national women’s selection committee, congratulated all the players, who have received central contracts and hailed everybody’s performances.
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.
Women’s emerging contract list 2020-21: Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, and Syeda Aroob Shah