Urooj Mumtaz’s tenure as Head of Women’s Cricket in Pakistan ends

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Urooj Mumtaz stepped aside from the role of the Head of Women’s Cricket in Pakistan with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announcing on Wednesday (May 19) that it will advertise for the post.

Mumtaz is the chief selector for the team and was also asked to head the women’s cricket in the country from September 2019. She is also in PCB’s cricket committee and has commentated in the Pakistan Super League, too. This move to discharge her of the duties as head of women’s cricket comes in the wake of the board’s new ethics code, that looks to clamp down on potential conflict of interest.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as an interim head of women’s cricket,” said Mumtaz in the press release issued by PCB.

“Being a former player and captain of the national women’s team, I am extremely passionate about the women’s game and have served the role with utmost dedication with an aim to positively impact and drive a change in women’s cricket in the country.”

Mumtaz, who was appointed chief selector in March 2019, will continue at the post while also being on the cricket committee.

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“Overall, Pakistan women’s cricket has made significant strides in the right direction and I look forward to work in unison with the upcoming head of women’s cricket, in my role as a chief selector, to further enhance and uplift the sport,” said Mumtaz, who’s captained Pakistan in 26 ODIs.

“I will continue to inspire and encourage more sport participation, whereby increasing our player pool and providing opportunities at the international and domestic level to deserving cricketers.”

The Head of Women’s Cricket will be responsible for the short-term and long-term planning for the growth of women’s cricket, “ranging from grassroots to top-level, implementation of the strategy to develop an effective domestic structure at the Cricket Association, City Cricket Association and club level,” the release stated. The onus on providing guidance for scheduling international fixtures also lies on the person.

A final date for the recruitment has not been announced by the PCB.