Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a three-month financial support package for the unemployed women players.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani approved the proposal after it was put forward by Urroj Mumtaz, women’s wing head.
Under this scheme, 25 women cricketers will benefit and will receive a monthly stipend of PKR25,000 each from August to October.
The 25 women cricketers were selected following selection criteria, which included featuring in the 2019-20 national domestic season; are not contracted for the 2020-21 season; and are currently without a job, contract or business.
PCB in June announced a list of women’s contracted players, which included nine centrally contracted cricketers and as many emerging contracted players. These are 12-month contracts, which commenced on 1 July 2020. The latest PCB decision means 43 women cricketers will now be supported by the PCB.
“As the women’s game is making steady progress, it was imperative that the PCB came up with this scheme to not only protect and support our players but to also make them understand and realize that the PCB values them and will look after them in difficult times,” Urooj said in a statement released by the PCB.
“I am grateful to my team as well as the PCB Chairman and Chief Executive who acknowledged the issue and made a decision which will go a long way in our endeavours to promote, develop and grow women’s cricket in Pakistan,” she added.