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Women’s World T20 2018: Pakistan women played contractless in the tournament

The recent administrative changes are assumed to be the reason for the same.

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Pakistan. (Photo Source: ICC)

The 2018 Women’s World T20 in the West Indies is currently underway and the four semi-finalists- India, Australia, Windies and England- have already been decided. Some of the teams underperformed in the tournament to a large extent, one of them was Pakistan Women. The Women in Green were placed in Group B along with Australia, India, New Zealand and Ireland.

The team was led by Javeria Khan, who is also one of their top performers in the batting lineup. However, they could only manage one victory against Ireland out of four matches and couldn’t pose any sort of threat to the other three teams in the group. There were sparks of brilliance from some of the cricketers, but they couldn’t put up a team performance at any point.

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Players yet to be paid their dues

In the meantime, it has been learned that the women played without any contract as per reports in ESPNCricinfo. They are yet to be paid their match fees and other expenses and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has mentioned that the change in leadership of the board has led to the delay of the same. Recently, Ehsan Mani replaced Najam Sethi as the chairman of the PCB.

The board had earlier told the Pakistani skipper that the players would be paid their outstanding six-months salary as their new contracts once they return from the Caribbean. The match fees would be paid at the end of the tour. As per the current PCB rule, 20 players are contracted with the board for the first six months followed by another 20 in the second half of the year.

However, due to changes in the administrative changes, the players were told that the payments would be made after the World T20. The new contracts would most probably be based on fitness and performance.

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