Punjab group after the tip of their marketing campaign of Ranji Trophy in 2019-2020 season at Patiala earlier this yr. PCA has finalised an inventory of 30 gamers to be supplied contracts beginning 2020-2021 season.
Eight months after the Punjab Cricket Affiliation (PCA) determined to supply central contracts to 30 gamers for the home season of 2020-2021 at its apex council assembly in November final yr, the affiliation has finalised an inventory of the 30 gamers together with girls cricketers. The checklist will likely be authorized within the apex council assembly of the affiliation to be held on August 8, submit which it will likely be despatched to BCCI for approval.
Final yr, the Uttarakhand Cricket Affiliation had introduced its determination to supply central contracts to its gamers and Punjab too had determined to supply the identical. In response to the checklist, gamers like Punjab captain Mandeep Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Gurkeerat Mann, Sandeep Sharma, Shubman Gill, Anmol Malhotra and Indian girls cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia have been included in class ‘A’, which can supply an quantity of Rs Eight lakh below the contract system termed as scholarship scheme. Kaur, Bhatia and Jasia Akhtar are the three girls cricketers within the 30-member checklist which incorporates ten cricketers in class ‘B’ which gives Rs 6 lakh every year and class ‘C’ which has U-19 cricketers being supplied Rs 10,000 monthly.
“We had taken the choice to implement the contract system for Punjab gamers final November and had shaped a sub-committee to arrange the checklist and different formalities. The checklist has been finalised and in line with our coverage, all gamers who’ve performed for India together with two girls cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia have been supplied class ‘A’. Gamers like Mandeep, Siddharth, Sandeep, Gurkeerat and Shubman too have performed for India. Teen Aanmol Malhotra, who was the discover of final season, too has been included in class ‘A’. One other girls cricketer Jasia Akhtar has been included in Class ‘B’. As a result of curtailed season because of Covid, all this will likely be primarily based on professional rata foundation,” mentioned Puneet Bali, secretary, Punjab Cricket Affiliation.
Whereas Punjab had missed the quarter-final berth within the Ranji trophy final yr by a whisker, state cricketers haven’t competed in any competitors since March, when the lockdown started. Whereas gamers have began health and coaching classes at their houses and likewise some grounds, the IS Bindra PCA Stadium at Mohali continues to be closed for coaching. PCA can be ready instructions and pointers from Punjab authorities concerning coaching to be open on the stadium.
“The Covid scenario has been happening because the final 4 months and we now have been monitoring their health coaching by way of on-line coaching aside from psychological conditioning. As of now, plainly the 2020-2021 home season will likely be a curtailed season however each time it occurs, we wish our gamers to be prepared. We’ve got additionally taken the choice to renovate the IS Bindra Worldwide Stadium as we plan to construct it as a global academy after the brand new stadium at Mullanpur is accomplished. We’ve got began work within the indoor follow space and different work too shall begin quickly. We may even obtain pointers about cricket coaching from Punjab authorities and can begin the coaching as soon as it’s allowed,” added Bali.
Requested about the opportunity of holding a follow camp for any IPL group if the Punjab authorities permits, in case IPL is held in India or UAE, Bali mentioned PCA is open to the concept. “We’re open to the any group utilizing our stadium for follow camp relying on Punjab authorities permission. The work on the new stadium at Mullanpur was slowed because of Covid and we are actually behind by 9-12 months of the schedule,” he added.
Former Punjab captain Pankaj Dharmani sees this initiative by PCA as an encouraging step for the state’s cricketers. “BCCI had began this technique for the Indian group and now it’s good to see state groups doing the identical. It is going to take Punjab cricket ahead as it would supply monetary safety to gamers. Aside from that, it would additionally encourage junior cricketers to purpose for classes ‘A’ and ‘B’ and assist cricketers change into much more aggressive,” mentioned Dharmani.