Kuwait City: Kuwait Cricket has announced central contracts for seven of its women cricketers. The tiny Gulf emirate, which plays cricket in lower divisions, will play the Asia Cup qualifiers as well as the ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers later this year.
"The move will pave the way for both domestic and international development of Kuwait women's cricketers as it will give them the required boost and attract more young girls in the process to semi-professionally/professionally join the game," stated Kuwait Cricket according to a report in www.kuwaitcricketofficial.com.
The board hopes to have 20 contracted women cricketers by the year 2023-24.
According to the board, the path-breaking step of giving national contracts to Women's players is the first ever following the mens contracts which was initiated last year (2020) by Kuwait Cricket board led by the President Haider Farman, Vice President Faisal Al Marzouk and Director General Sajid Mohammad Ashraf
Apart from the seven selected women for national contracts, the entire women's squad will also benefit from match fees for ICC & ACC tournaments as well as bilateral series matches. In addition, there will be other monetary benefits such as winning bonuses for international tournaments/bilateral series as well.
Match fees and performance-based bonuses have also been decided for them.
The contracts are divided into two categories.
Amna Tariq, Priyada Murali, Mariamma Hyder, Siobhan Gomez, Khadija Khalil, Maryyam Ashraf.
Zeefa Jilani.(with inputs from IANS)