PCB introduces ‘parental support policy’ to assist cricketers in their journey to parenthood. What is it?

The PCB released a detailed statement to explain what the policy is and the benefits it includes.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced its parental support policy for cricketers. The purpose behind the policy is to “motivate and champion professional cricketers in their journey to parenthood”.

Explaining the objective of the policy, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said:

It is appropriate to have a player-friendly parental support policy so professional cricketers can feel supported during a critical stage in their lives without worrying about their careers.

The PCB Chief Executive further shared:

The PCB has a “duty of care” towards its cricketers. We hope to fulfill our duty by this policy and hope that the policy will encourage more women and girls’ participation in cricket.

Concluding the statement, Wasim Khan said:

To have this policy for our women cricketers is 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.


Breakdown of the Policy

The PCB released a detailed statement to explain what the policy is and the benefits it includes. Here is what the policy entails:

  • Women cricketers can transfer to a non-playing role until their maternity leave starts leading up to the time the baby is born.
  • Women cricketers can take up to 12 months of paid maternity leave and be guaranteed a contract extension for the following year, in line with their existing contractual arrangements.
  • After maternity leave, women cricket players will be reintegrated into cricketing activities and provided adequate medical and physical support.
  • The PCB will allow a woman player to travel for tours with a support person of her choice to assist in caring for her infant child, with the travel and accommodation costs to be shared equally.
  • Men cricketers, who are expectant or new fathers, will be entitled to up to 30 days of fully paid leave, which must be taken within 56 days of the birth of their child.

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