Women’s cricket has been garnering more and more attention across the globe. There is more recognition, scope, and infrastructure for women cricketers to excel everywhere around the world. Keeping this in mind, Cricket Bhutan too is throwing their hat in the ring of women’s cricket.
Bhutan cricket board has announced a High-Performance Program (HPP) for their women’s squad that has already started from 11th February in Gelephu, Sarpang. This announcement comes with a view to prepare their squad for the upcoming ICC and ACC tournaments.
Bhutan Cricket (BC) has started a high-performance programme (HPP) for the women’s national team in Gelephu yesterday.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) February 12, 2021
Leading up to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia qualifier to be played in Malaysia from 13th to 24th November 2021, 14 players will be under the BC contract for the coming ten months. The A grade players will receive a monthly stipend of Nu. 15,000/- ($206), while players categorized under B grade will receive Nu. 10,000/- ($137), C grade will receive Nu. 5000/- ($69) and D grade will receive Nu. 3000/- ($41). For the international matches, the playing 11 will receive a match fee of Nu. 1500/- ($21) while a substitute (concussion or covid) will be paid Nu. 500/- ($7).
As of now, 8 players have signed the contract. 6 more players will be selected from Sarpang for the training camp of 14 members. Cricket Bhutan will be providing food, accommodation, training attires, cricket equipment worth Nu. 30000/- ($413), cricket shoes, in-country travel allowance during the team’s travels for the overseas tournaments.
Cricket Bhutan is in talks to tour the Indian states of Sikkim, Assam, and West Bengal for practice matches to prepare their squad for the qualifiers. This HPP has a National coach, Assistant coach, Fitness trainer, and Physio. The program is split into four phases – General preparatory, specific preparatory, pre-competition, and competition. Each phase is spread over a time frame of two months of activities covering up to eight months while the last two months will involve stimulation exercises thus making up for the ten-month training module.
The High-Performance Program has the approval of the Bhutan Olympic Council (BOC), Sarpang Dzongkhag Administration, Sarpang Sports Association, and Sarpang Covid Task Force.