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PCB launches parental support policy for players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched a parental help policy, which will permit both women and men players to get paid leave during times of pregnancy and upon the birth of a child.

PCB launches parental support policy for players

PCB said in a statement on Tuesday that under its new policy, women cricketers would get 12 months maternity leave. And if the wife gives birth to a child, the male cricketer will get 30 days leave. This holiday will be paid for them.

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And this facility will start with Bismah Maroof, who took an indefinite break from international cricket a few days ago to prepare for motherhood. This policy is to be by the side of the cricketers, said Wasim Khan, the chief executive officer of PCB.

“The PCB has a duty of care towards its cricketers and, at every turn, it has taken measures to support them. In this relation, 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.

“To have this policy for our women cricketers was even more significant. Women play a pivotal role in the development of society and our women cricketers have brought us laurels and recognition on the world stage. Now that we have a maternity leave policy, I am hopeful that it will attract more women and girls to take up the sport as this will help them strike a crucial work-life balance,” he said.

The benefits of this holiday were not previously available in the PCB’s central contract. However, the incident of Bismah Maroof has encouraged the board to think anew. The ongoing annual contracts of PCB women and men cricketers will expire in two months. However, this policy will be effective for any contracted cricketer.

In addition to paid leave, contracted women cricketers have more benefits. Despite being out of the game for 12 months, the PCB has promised to keep them on next year’s contract. Male cricketers will be able to take one month off in the first 56 days after birth.

At the same time, if a woman cricketer needs a tour for cricketing activities, the PCB will allow another partner to take care of the child. The board and the cricketer will share the extra cost of travel and accommodation.

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