With cricket coming to a standstill due to coronavirus pandemic, the women cricketers in the country are concerned about their livelihoods just as their male counterparts. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today announced that they will be supporting the women cricketers with financial incentive during these tough times.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a one-time amount of BDT 20,000.00 to assist women cricketers who had appeared in the 2018-19 Women's NCL and have been in BCB's selection camps in 2019-20.
All cricketing activities of the BCB including women's tournaments and training camps have been postponed indefinitely in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Just like their male counterparts, the majority of women cricketers also look towards domestic events for an earning. Besides, we had training camps scheduled for women players which have been hampered by the prevailing COVID-19 situation. The cricketers have been forced to pass a period of non-activity and they need our support," BCB president Nazmul Hassan was quoted as saying in the media release.
The BCB had earlier announced that men cricketers who were not under its first-class contract list but playing in this season's Dhaka Premier League, would receive a one-time incentive of 30,000 Taka. The BCB president had told The Daily Star yesterday that they were going to exercise extreme caution before starting cricketing activities.
"We are going to maintain the highest level of caution. We don't know where, when or how it will end. I think after April there may be a chance to talk but before that I don't think that there is an opportunity to talk about sports," he had said.