Sidra Ameen and Muneeba Ali have been upgraded in the PCB’s new central contracts, with Ameen moving up from Category C to Category A.
She is one of just three women in the PCB’s highest tier of central contracts, with Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof still in tier A. Muneeba, who struck Pakistan’s first T20 century at the World Cup earlier this year, moves up to B.
Javeria Khan and Anam Amin are among the more renowned names who have missed out on a central contract, while Ayesha Naseem’s retirement has also resulted in her exclusion.
Aliya Riaz, one of three players contracted in the top category, has been downgraded to Category B, while Diana Baig, who missed much of the year due to injury, has been demoted to Category C.
Anoosha Nasir, Eyman Fatima, Shawaal Zulfiqar, and Umm-e-Hani are the four players who have received central contracts for the first time, all of whom are in the developing D category.
Significant pay increases are incorporated into the women’s contracts, as they are in the men’s central contracts, which continue to be delayed.
Monthly retainers have been increased by one-third, while ODI match payments will double and T20I match fees will climb by 50%. The contracts will be retroactive to August 1 and will last for 23 months rather than the regular year.
“The extended contract duration reflects our anticipation of an action-packed international cricket calendar,” said Tania Mallick, the PCB’s head of women’s cricket, in an official statement.
“We want our female cricketers to be physically and mentally prepared to face any challenge and celebrate any victory that comes their way.”
“The significant increase in the monetary aspect of our women’s central contracts reflects our commitment to providing an environment in which players can concentrate solely on their game.” This also recognizes the growing level and worldwide importance of women’s cricket.”
Pakistan’s next series will be at home against South Africa, who will play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in Karachi in September.