Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced important parental support policies for both women and men cricketers.
In the latest developments, women players can take up to 12 months of paid maternity leave. The board will make sure that the contract for the following year is extended. Once the player finds out she is expecting a child, she can transfer to a non-playing role until the beginning of her maternity leave.
In addition, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will assist the women player with childcare when required during cricketing activities or traveling for the same purpose. Women players will also be able to receive medical and physical support to return to the game.
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) May 4, 2021
First in Line:
The women player who is first in line to take advantage of the newly formed policy is captain Bismah Maroof. At the beginning of the year, the player had announced that she will be taking a break from the game “as motherhood beckons,” of which she didn’t specify the period.
“The PCB has a duty of care towards its cricketers, and at every turn, it has taken measures to support them,” said chief executive Wasim Khan.
“It is appropriate that we have a player-friendly parental support policy so that our professional cricketers can feel fully supported during an important stage in their lives, without worrying about their careers.
“I am hopeful that it will attract more women and girls to take up the sport as this will help them strike the crucial work-life balance.”
PCB has announced its parental leave policy to support professional cricketers' through pregnancy, their return to play and parental responsibilities.
Read details here ➡️ https://t.co/6Z7wXFHOmS pic.twitter.com/HB6SwtvgXQ
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 4, 2021
Pakistani former and present cricketers rejoiced the moment and so did a few international players.
Moves like this for squad members in both the women’s and men’s @TheRealPCB program are so positively impactful. To cricket, sport, society. Congratulations to all involved. #leaders https://t.co/8zdmGEdc2M
— Mel Jones (@meljones_33) May 4, 2021
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 4, 2021
— Jalal Uddin (@JalaluddinCoach) May 4, 2021
— Urooj Mumtaz Khan (@uroojmumtazkhan) May 4, 2021
This should definitely help players balance their lives better. Also thinking about all the players who have been vocal about this in their journeys of motherhood and paving ways for others. Congratulations to all involved. https://t.co/7j3p5KOqEH
— Sana Mir ثناء میر (@mir_sana05) May 4, 2021
Pakistan have introduced 12 months paid maternity leave for women’s cricketers and a guaranteed contract for the following year. Well done PCB! This is an excellent decision.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 4, 2021
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