In a first, women cricketers to get BCCI central contracts

In a landmark decision, the newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar has announced central contracts for the Indian women’s cricketers, ending their long wait. The system of central contracts was introduced for the men’s team 11 years back, and now their female counterparts too shall be eligible for it. The BCCI has been controlling women’s cricket since 2006.

“It has been decided that women cricketers will get central contracts. We will continue to work on women’s cricket and I hope this move would encourage more and more young girls to take up the sport,” Manohar was quoted saying by a PTI report.

The issue of central contracts for women’s cricketers was long pending and was supposed to be discussed in the working committee meeting on August 28. But the meeting was adjourned due to the presence of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan. The women cricketers of most Test playing nations already have contracts, including Pakistan. A welcome move, this will definitely give a massive boost to women’s cricket in the country and encourage more young girls to pursue the sport.