PCB on Friday released Women’s Central Contracts for the 2022-23 season & the board has handed the maiden central contract to the young prolific leg-spinner, Tuba Hassan.
Tuba made her Pakistan debut in the recently ended T20I series against Sri Lanka Women & grabbed the eyeballs by returning with figures of 3 for 8. She picked up five scalps in the series to earn ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May 2022. Her exploits with the ball have forced the PCB to grant the newbie her maiden central contract.
“I am absolutely thrilled and excited at being given the prestigious central contract for the first time. Hard work has slowly started to pay off, but this is just the beginning. My focus remains on producing strong performances and contributing to my team’s success, rest I am sure will take care of itself as we have seen in this case,” Hassan said.
Besides Hassan, Gul Feroza who made her debut in the Sri Lanka series & Sadaf Shamas who was also a part of the squad have been handed their first central contract.
Meanwhile, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed & Sidra Amin have been handed retainer contracts for the 2022-23 season. PCB have also awarded a 15% increment in the retainers contracts across all four categories.
Eight players who have displayed outstanding performances across formats have been promoted in the Women’s Central Contracts 2022-23 list. Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar have now been placed in Category A where they join national team captain Bismah Maroof. Anam Amin, Fatima Sana, Nashra Sandhu, and Omaima Sohail have been elevated to Category B, while Muneeba Ali and Ayesha Naseem have been upgraded to Category C.
Javeria Khan, who had been dropped for the Sri Lanka home series, has dropped down to Category C along with all-rounder Kainat Imtiaz. The six players who have been omitted from the contracts list are Kaynat Hafeez, Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, and Syeda Aroob Shah.
“Eight players receiving enhanced contracts and three players being offered contracts for the first time is an indicator that we are heading in the right direction, though we still have a long road ahead to narrow the gap with the leading sides,” said Asmavia Iqbal, Chair of Women’s Selection Committee. “We have made progress in the 2021-22 season and I am sure with the amount of cricket that lies ahead, we will emerge as an improved side at the end of the season.”
Women’s Central Contracts 2022-23:
Category A (3) – Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, and Nida Dar
Category B (5)– Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Nashra Sandhu, and Omaima Sohail
Category C (5) – Ayesha Naseem, Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan, Sidra Amin, and Sidra Nawaz
Category D (7)– Ghulam Fatima, Gul Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Sadia Iqbal, Sadaf Shamas and Tuba Hassan