Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has added three more spots in the 2021-22 season central contracts list for Pakistan Women, increasing it from nine to 12 in a bid to “continue to reward and incentivize top-performing women cricketers”.
The board has also named eight players in the emerging category for the season, totalling the contracts awarded to 20. These contracts will come into effect from 1 July and have been divided between A, B, and C categories.
Furthermore, the board has increased the monthly retainers across all rungs by 10 per cent and the national women’s selection committee has kept one spot open in the central contracts to be awarded in the year based on on-field performance.
Pakistan national team skipper Javeria Khan has been retained in Category A. Additionally Bismah Maroof, who is on indefinite maternity leave, has also been named in the top category.
Category B sees all-rounder Nida Dar, who is the only batter to hit two half-centuries and a player who is just a wicket short of completing a century of T20I wickets. She is also the second-highest run-getter in the three ODIs Pakistan played against South Africa. She is joined by Aliya Riaz and Diana Baig.
PCB Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award of 2020, Fatima Sana has been promoted to category C. Apart from her, seven other players have also been added to this category, including left-arm orthodox Nashra Sandhu, who finished the season as Pakistan’s second best ODI bowler with six scalps, and Kainat Imtiaz.
Central contracts for women’s cricketers for 2021-22 season:
Category A – Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan
Category B – Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Nida Dar
Category C – Anam Amin, Fatima Sana, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Omaima Sohail and Sidra Nawaz
Emerging contracts for women’s cricketers for the 2021-22 season: Ayesha Naseem, Kaynat Hafeez, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal and Syeda Aroob Shah
The contracts have been awarded based on the performance of the players in the last one year in the international as well as the domestic circuits.
“The last year has been an extremely challenging one owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite that, the PCB continued to significantly invest in the women’s game and organised international and domestic cricket for the women cricketers, with the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe and a domestic T20 competition,” said Urooj Mumtaz, the chair of the national women’s selection committee.
“The board also invested in three high-performance camps over the 2020-21 season, which also included one camp for 27 emerging players.”