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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced its Parental Support Policy to help the players in their journey to parenthood.

The development was announced by the board in
a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

Under its newly introduced policy, women
and men players have been granted various rights that they are respectively
entitled to avail during the pregnancy and upon the birth of their child.

Women cricketers are also entitled to take
up to 12 months of paid maternity leave and will be guaranteed a contract
extension for the following year.

Upon conclusion of the maternity leave, the
player will be reintegrated into cricketing activities and provided adequate
medical and physical support in respect of their post-childbirth

Similarly, if a woman player is required to
travel for cricketing activities, the PCB will support the player by allowing
her to travel with a support person of her choice to assist in caring for her
infant child.

On the other hand, the men cricketers, who
are expectant or new fathers, will also be entitled to up to 30 days of fully
paid leave which will need to be taken within 56 days of the birth of their

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan was quoted
in a press release where he expressed delight over the introduction for the
players, especially for women cricketers.

“The PCB has a duty of care towards its
cricketers and at every turn it has taken measures to support them,” he said. “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 a society. Now that we have maternity leave policy, I am hopeful
that it will attract more women and girls to take up the sport.”

Abdul Gh Lone