The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday that they have awarded full-time contracts to 41 domestic women cricketers. The board signed the professional contracts after a recruitment process in eight regions. With these contracts, now the eight regions now have five full-time players.
ECB had signed regional retainer contracts with 25 domestic players in June. On Thursday, they added 16 more players to the list who players who have been promoted to professionals.
ECB women’s cricket director Clare Connor said, “The introduction of these 41 professionals, in addition to our 17 centrally contracted England women’s players is the most significant step forward for the women’s game in recent years,”
“In terms of the health of women’s cricket in England and Wales, we cannot overestimate the importance of these 41 players having the opportunity to train and work on their skills full-time, with access to high quality coaching and facilities across the eight regions.
“Today’s news is not only wonderful for the players themselves, it represents a step-change for our whole domestic game and for young girls who will now be able to see more opportunity and aspiration in front of them,” she added.
The players will play in the upcoming inaugural edition of The Hundred in 2021.