PCB’s ‘nice story’ for ladies’s cricket strikes an odd observe

Guaranteeing that contracts are “earned” and never seen as a “privilege” was the driving rationale behind the PCB’s transfer to scale back its girls cricketers’ central contract pool, based on Urooj Mumtaz, chairperson of the all-woman choice committee.

The latest contracts, beginning July 1, embrace solely ten gamers, introduced down from 17, however there was a rise in remuneration for these within the new retainers. The brand new listing has solely Sana Mir and Nida Dar within the ‘A’ class, whereas Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan have been demoted to class ‘B’. The fourth degree, ‘D’, has been eliminated altogether.

The ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ classes now include increased pay: hiked by 20%, 18.5% and 18% respectively. As well as, the size of every contract – hitherto at all times six months – has been elevated to a 12 months. For the primary time in 12 years, each day allowances have additionally elevated – in coaching camps they’ve been doubled, making it Rs 2000 (approx. USD 13), in addition to on international excursions, going from USD 50 to USD 100. Journey upgrades for excursions have additionally been launched in order that the crew travels enterprise class on longer-distance flights. And all girls cricketers will now additionally earn a match charge for every sport of home cricket.

“The ten central contracts awarded had been based mostly on 4 complete standards, however doesn’t imply different gamers are ignored. They should work laborious for it”

Urooj Mumtaz

“We’re an rising nation in girls’s cricket and have a pool of solely 40 to 45 women enjoying within the home construction,” Mumtaz, additionally a former Pakistan captain, informed ESPNcricinfo. “We purpose to make knowledgeable set-up the place contracts are earned fairly assuming it as a privilege.”

Regardless of the a number of upsides, a few choices have stood out, such because the demotion of limited-overs captain Maroof and senior batsman Javeria to ‘B’ and that of Nahida Khan, from ‘A’ to ‘C’.

“It’s a results of their efficiency during the last one 12 months and this new construction does not make anybody earn a highest contract simply on the idea of seniority,” Mumtaz defined. “Bismah acknowledged and accepted the class awarded and that her performances haven’t been as much as par.

“She stays an integral member of our crew and she or he believes she has much more to supply with the bat. The contract given to her is on no account a mirrored image of her captaincy.”

Maroof, the second-most-capped Pakistan girls’s participant after Mir, returned to captaining the side in January after a sinus operation, and led Pakistan to a historic 2-1 ODI sequence win over West Indies at ‘house’ in Dubai in February and levelled the next away ODI project, in opposition to the higher-ranked South Africa, 1-1 in Could. She has additionally been Pakistan’s main run-scorer in T20Is prior to now 12 months, with two half-centuries within the sequence in opposition to South Africa.

Javeria, Pakistan’s main run-getter in ODIs since June 27 final 12 months, trails Maroof by two spots on the run-getters’ listing in T20Is, and had topped Pakistan’s run-charts on the World T20 within the Caribbean final November the place she stood in as captain. On the time, in a bid to handle her post-surgery workload, Maroof featured within the aspect solely as a participant.

Contradictory noises have come from Pakistan in regards to the course of by which these contracts had been finalised. ESPNcricinfo understands that quite a few senior gamers weren’t concerned in discussions across the revised construction. Most of them, as a part of the pool of the 17 contracted gamers for the 2019 January-June cycle that was introduced earlier this 12 months, had been made conscious of the choice solely after it had been made by the board and the choice committee on Tuesday.

That, nevertheless, would go in opposition to what Mumtaz mentioned. “All 17 cricketers had been referred to as in individual or over the cellphone. We had a one-to-one detailed assembly with them in regards to the new contracts, that are purely performance-based. They had been defined the factors individually and so they all not solely understood but in addition accepted.”

Mumtaz added that evaluating the depth of the PCB’s pool of centrally contracted gamers with that of its English (21 cricketers) or Australian counterparts (14) “who’ve developed programs and 200 gamers to select from,” wouldn’t be truthful.

“However our imaginative and prescient and plan is to get there. The primary focus, concerning the ladies’s central contracts, is on high quality and high performers. The ten central contracts awarded had been based mostly on 4 complete standards, however doesn’t imply different gamers are ignored. They should work laborious for it.

“Any further there might be three home tournaments being slotted per 12 months. Extra matches means extra alternatives for ladies to mark an affect at nationwide degree. This pool will carry on rising as soon as we have now extra elite cricketers that test our standards, giving a wider pool of gamers extra alternatives to play cricket as properly earn cash.

“That is extraordinarily essential as we have to worth our girls gamers and encourage extra women to play the game at the next degree.”