The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a Parental Support Policy targeted to motivate and champion professional cricketers in their journey to parenthood, on Tuesday (today).
According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the policy has been introduced through which cricketers can balance their parental responsibilities with the demands of their cricketing career.
The policy states that :
- Women cricketers have the option to transfer to a non-playing role until commencement of maternity leave leading up to the birth of their child.
- Women cricketers can take up to 12 months of paid maternity leave and will be guaranteed a contract extension for the following year, in line with their existing contractual arrangements.
- Upon conclusion of maternity leave, the player will be reintegrated into cricketing activities and provided adequate medical and physical support in respect of their post-childbirth rehabilitation.
- PCB will allow a woman player travelling for cricketing activities to travel 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 will need to be taken within 56 days of the birth of their child.
Moreover, the PCB Chief Executive, Wasim Khan said “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 a society and our women cricketers have brought us laurels and recognition at the world stage.” he further added.