PCB Awards Central Contract to 9 Women Cricketers

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awarded central contracts to 9 women cricketers, and 9 players have entered the emerging category. Bismah Maroof is retained as captain of the Pakistan's women's cricket team for both ODI and T20 formats.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awarded central contracts to 9 women cricketers, who were divided in 3 categories; A, B and C. Bismah Maroof was retained as the captain for the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team for both ODI and T20 formats.

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Bismah Maroof

PCB has stated in the press release that they issued that the the match fee and prize money for domestic events has been boosted by 100%, besides domestic daily allowance increased by 50%. There has been a 33% increase in Category A remuneration; Category B and C also see a 30% and 25% increase in monthly retainers respectively.

Women’s cricket 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.

Both Bismah and Javeria have been promoted to Category A after their performance in the previous year. Urooj Mumtaz, the Chief Selector, stated, “over the last one year, Bismah scored 213 runs at an average of 42.60 in five ODIs and 236 at 39.33 in T20Is, while Javeria was the highest run-getter for Pakistan in T20Is with 260 runs including three half-centuries.”

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Diana Baig

Diana Baig joins Category B, along with Aliya Riaz and Sidra Nawaz. The latter two both retained their positions, while Baig moved up because of her bowling performance in the previous year. “She [Diana] topped the T20I bowling charts for Pakistan in the last 12 months,” remarked Urooj Mumtaz.

In Category C, newcomers Anam Amin and Omaima Sohail were welcomed due to their performance. Anam is the highest wicket-taker in the domestic and joint-highest in international circuit.

Let’s not forget the emerging category! Nine players are a part of the emerging category, including Syeda Aroob Shah, Ayesha Naseem, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Fatima Sana, Kainat Hafeez, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir and Sadia Iqbal.

Ayesha Naseem made her debut  in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup this year at the age of 15. Sadia Iqbal won the Player of the Match award on her T20I debut against Bangladesh in October.


I would like to congratulate the cricketers on receiving their PCB central contracts, and look forward to their striking performance once the matches restart after the pandemic!


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