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Pakistan Cricket News: Women cricketers awarded better-paying contracts by PCB

Pakistan currently occupy the fifth position in the ICC Women's Championship with their two round left - against India and England.

As a recognition for their good performances against South Africa and West Indies, the Pakistan Cricket Boards on Tuesday handed 'improved' 12 months central contract to 10 'elite women cricketer'.

Although the length of the contracts has doubled, there has been a decrease in the number of female players to whom the central contracts have been awarded.

Earlier this year, PCB had awarded six-months-long contracts to 17 cricketers after an appraisal process but now the contracts have been extended to a year with a 20 percent increase in remuneration announced for category A players, while B and C category players will have an increase of 18.5 and 18 percent respectively.

Nida Dar and Sana Mir have been promoted to the A category while B category comprises of Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Wadood, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Ameen, and Sidra Nawaz.

Diana Baig and Nahida Khan were placed in the C category.

The daily allowance of players for the training camp has been increased by 100 percent while the allowance for foreign tours has been increased by 50 percent. Moreover, the cricket board has announced business class flights for the players for all international travel over five hours.

The domestic competition players will be paid Rs10,000.

Wasim Khan, the managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said: "The PCB is pleased to announce the upgraded and enhanced central contracts to our women cricketers for the next 12 months, which reflect the value, respect and importance we place in our women international cricketers.

He added, "The enhanced new central contracts form a key part of the vision to enhance the profile of women's cricket and our aim to strive towards a fairer system. As a responsible and professional organization, we remain committed to investing in the growth and development of women's cricket. We want to strengthen the women's and girls' game at all levels so that our national team can continue to go from strength to strength".