Fareeha Mehmood, Ghulam Fatima, Maham Tariq, and Rameen Shamin lost their contracts while Omaima Sohail was the new face in the contract list. @ Getty Images

Pakistan women’s team star bowler Sana Mir and highest-ranked batswoman Javeria Khan were retained in the A category along with captain Bismah Mahroof and Nahida Khan as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed central contracts to 17 female cricketers on Monday for the first half of 2019.

According to a report in Cricbuzz on Monday, contracts were dished out basis the performances of the players in the last six months of the previous year were taken into consideration for the appraisal process.

The committee in charge of the appraisal process were Haroon Rashid (Director, Cricket Operations), Jalaluddin (Chair of the Selection Committee), Mark Coles (Head coach, Pakistan women’s cricket team) and Asmavia Iqbal (Member, Pakistan women’s selection committee).

All outstanding payments from July-December 2018 period were settled.

“It is always a matter of pride to be handed a central contract. I am sure our players are happy and looking forward to doing their best in the coming months. Our aim being to build a fine team and bench-strength, these contracts certainly contribute to that purpose,” Maroof said.

Fareeha Mehmood, Ghulam Fatima, Maham Tariq, and Rameen Shamin lost their contracts while Omaima Sohail was the new face in the contract list. Sidra Amin and Aliya Riaz jumped from D and E categories, while Muneeba Ali Siddique slipped from C to D.

“I know the four players who have not been awarded contracts will be disappointed, but the new contracts are related to performances. I am confident that these players will continue to work harder to reclaim their places in the contract list,” said Rashid.

“The new contracts are more competitive and further incentivise the top performing players. This is part of the PCB’s strategy to encourage and promote women’s cricket. The PCB will continue to invest in women’s cricket as we aspire to be one of the top and consistent performing sides.”

The Pakistan women’s team will face West Indies and Bangladesh at home and away in the ICC Women’s Championship till July 31, 2019 which is the last date when the contracts expire.