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Pakistan Cricket Board Awards Inaugural Domestic Contracts to 74 Women Cricketers

A Landmark Achievement for Women’s Cricket in Pakistan: 74 Cricketers Awarded Domestic Contracts

In a historic move that marks a significant leap forward for women’s cricket in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative by awarding domestic contracts to 74 talented cricketers. This groundbreaking development not only underlines the PCB’s commitment to nurturing women’s cricket but also paves the way for enhanced opportunities and recognition for women athletes in the country.

The contracts, spanning 11 months, encompass a diverse group of players, including 43 emerging cricketers and 16 Under-19 cricketers. Among these remarkable individuals, thirteen have already showcased their prowess on the international stage. The list includes prominent names such as Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Anam Amin, Iram Javed, and Gull Feroza, who transition from central contracts to domestic contracts.

A Noteworthy Equalizer: An emblem of equity, all 74 cricketers will receive the same monthly retainer, a move that signifies the PCB’s commitment to fostering equality within women’s cricket. While the monetary aspects of the contracts are relatively modest, the mere fact that such contracts have been introduced is a significant stride towards the betterment of women’s cricket in Pakistan. Furthermore, players will have the opportunity to share in any prize money they help secure.

The PCB’s press release stated, “These domestic contracts have been conferred upon individuals who have displayed remarkable performances across various cricketing platforms, including domestic cricket tournaments, emerging tournaments, U-19 domestic tournament, and the ICC U-19 Women’s World Cup.”

A Momentous Step Forward: Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of PCB, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the deserving cricketers who have earned these contracts through their exceptional talent and unwavering dedication. He emphasized that this landmark occasion signifies a pivotal moment for women’s cricket in Pakistan, highlighting the PCB’s commitment to providing a long-overdue platform for women athletes to shine.

“This initiative isn’t just about signing contracts; it’s about investing in the dreams and aspirations of these extraordinary athletes,” remarked Zaka Ashraf. “Our women cricketers have consistently showcased exceptional skills and dedication on the field, and it is high time we provide them with the platform they deserve.”

Anticipating Positive Changes: As the momentum for women’s cricket in Pakistan continues to build, it is anticipated that central contracts for women players, set to be announced shortly, will witness a substantial increase in retainers and daily allowances. However, none of the players who have received domestic contracts will be part of the group receiving central contracts.

The PCB’s endeavor to promote women’s cricket in Pakistan has taken a momentous leap forward with the introduction of these domestic contracts. This step not only empowers talented athletes but also demonstrates the PCB’s dedication to fostering a thriving environment for women’s cricket in the nation. As these cricketers embark on this new chapter, their performances promise to shine brightly and illuminate the path for future generations of women cricketers in Pakistan.

City wise name of the players selected for the domestic contract are mentioned below:

Aima Saleem (Rawalpindi), Aimen Anwar (Karachi), Aisha Javed (Lahore), Aleena Shah (Peshawar), Aliza Khan (Karachi), Amber Kainat (Lahore), Anam Amin (Lahore), Areesha Noor Bhatti (Lahore), Arijah Haseeb (Karachi), Asma Amin (Faisalabad), Asma Shareef (Arifwala), Ayesha Asim (Quetta), Ayesha Bilal (Lahore), Ayesha Zafar (Lahore), Dina Razvi (Karachi), Dua Majid (Lahore), Fajr Naveed (Rawalpindi), Fareeha Mehmood (Lahore), Fatima Khan (Lahore), Fatima Shahid (Lahore), Fatima Zehra (Rawalpindi), Gul-e-Uswa (Multan), Gull Feroza (Multan), Gull Rukh (Dera Ghazi Khan), Haleema Azeem Dar (Lahore), Haniah Ahmer (Karachi), Humna Bilal (Rawalpindi), Huraina Sajjad (Karachi), Iram Javed (Lahore), Jannat Rasheed (Quetta), Javeria Khan (Karachi), Jaweria Rauf (Karachi), Kainat Imtiaz (Karachi), Kaynat Hafeez (Lahore), Khadija Chishti (Lahore), Kinza Wahab (Karachi), Laiba Mansoor (Rawalpindi), Laiba Nasir (Lahore), Lubna Behram (Hunza), Maham Anees (Islamabad), Maham Manzoor (Hyderabad), Maham Tariq (Karachi), Mahnoor Aftab (Peshawar), Masooma Zehra (Karachi), Momina Riasat (Abbottabad), Natalia Parvaiz (Bhimber), Neha Sharmeen Sheikh (Karachi), Noor-Ul-Eman (Bahawalpur), Noreen Yaqoob (Lahore), Quratulain Ahsen (Lahore), Rameen Shamim (Karachi), Rida Aslam (Lahore), Saba Nazir (Muridke), Saima Malik (Quetta), Saiqa Riaz (Lahore), Saira Jabeen (Chitral), Sana Talib (Rahim Yar Khan), Sania Rasheed (Rawalpindi), Shabnam Hayat (Karachi), Soha Fatima (Lahore), Subhana Tariq (Karachi), Syeda Taskyn Fatima (Karachi), Tasmia Rubab (Lahore), Tayyaba Imdad (Abbottabad), Tahzeeb Shah (Swabi), Waheeda Akhter (Lahore), Wajeeha Muneer (Multan), Warda Yousaf (Okara), Wasifa Hussain (Karachi), Yusra Amir (Karachi), Zaib-un-Nisa (Charsadda), Zamina Tahir (Lahore), Zunaira Shah (Karachi) and Zunash Abdul Sattar (Lahore)

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