With the goal of providing more opportunities for female players to grow and progress, the Pakistan Cricket Board unveiled the country’s first-ever franchise cricket league for female cricketers on Thursday.
The first-ever Pakistan Junior League (PJL) will be held in Rawalpindi from March 3 to 18, 2023, alongside the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Many matches will be played prior to PSL 8, while the finale will take place the day before PSL 8’s grand final. February 9 through March 19 are the scheduled dates for the eighth PSL season.
For the PJL title, four franchises, each with 12 domestic and six foreign players, will compete in the 13-match league.
While announcing and discussing the details of the series, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said,
I am very happy to announce the PSL-style women’s league in Pakistan. When our existing players get to share dugouts with international players, this competition will help them further develop their skills and draw young female cricketers to this wonderful sport.
The league will feature current and former female cricket pioneers. The aim of this tournament is to strengthen Pakistan’s cricket-playing culture within all formats and genders.
In addition to developing appealing brands to boost our cricket industry’s economy, we are also giving our female cricketers professional prospects through this competition.
Our female cricket players will learn more as they compete in increasingly tense events, he added.
Earlier this season, the Pakistan Cricket Board increased central contracts for its 20 female players.