The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) led by the new Management Committee headed by Najam Sethi has decided to put its weight behind Pakistan’s Women’s League and discontinue the Pakistan Junior League.
PCB has continually extended its support to women’s cricket growth and development and has expressed its earnest commitment and desire to kickstart the ‘Pakistan Women’s League’ which was earlier called ‘The Women’s League’. The plan of action is to have four city-based sides that has 12 local and six foreign players competing in this competitive domestic league that will feature high on the priority list in the domestic calendar. The finals however intends to be a fixture between the top two sides scheduled to take place before the PSL finals. Although the Pakistan Junior League has been discontinued there is a pathway for high-performing teenagers across the country and there are plans to revive a junior series on a home-and-way basis.
Further, in the meeting, it was decided to engage in dialogue with the Pakistan Super League Franchises to include an Under 19 player in their playing lineups for exposure. In accordance with the 2014 PCB Constitution, the Committee also held a lengthy discussion on the restoration of the Regional and District Cricket Associations and Departments/Service Organizations. A detailed direction will now be created to formally engage Regional and District Cricket Associations and Departments/Service Organizations in the domestic cricket framework, including future involvement in the PCB Board of Governors, it was announced. The Domestic Player Contracts are valid through August 2023, and the PCB Management Committee confirmed that it will honour and fulfil all of them. The 12 PCB Committees were also approved for creation by the Committee, and it was agreed that their memberships would be disclosed when feasible.
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