Golden moments

Pakistan’s women cricketers, who won their country’s first ever gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, have been rewarded for their success with the first ever central contracts for women cricketers in Pakistan. “We want to encourage our women players for their outstanding performance in the Asian Games and awarding central contracts would definitely help in giving financial stability to players to be more focused on the game,” says the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Twenty women cricketers are contracted this year. "It's a positive step from the PCB," Pakistan’s women’s captain Sana Mir is quoted as saying. "It (central contracts) was something badly missing and now the PCB has acknowledged that we can play the game professionally and this will spur us on for more achievements." There are currently around 2000 women cricketers in Pakistan.

Speaking to us in Guangzhou Sana spoke of how much the players have to sacrifice in order to play cricket, often defying the wishes of their families to do so. “We really hope that winning the gold medal will encourage many more to play the game. Our players come from all over Pakistan and many come from backgrounds which are not privileged and cricket is a great way for them to achieve something special in their lives.”

The men cricketers have been on central contracts for much of the past ten years.

Asian Games 2010 Final: Bangladesh v Pakistan
Sana Mir

Filed January 18th, 2011