The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the central contracts of the England women cricket team for the season 2021-22. Middle-order batter Sophia Dunkley has been handed over her first central contract after receiving her full-time domestic contract last year.
ECB has handed over seventeen contracts for the season that runs from May 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022, to align it with the professional contracts at the eight Regional teams.
Sophia Dunkley has replaced left-arm spinner, Kirstie Gordon. Dunkley made her debut for the England women team in 2018 during the Women’s T20 World Cup in West Indies. She has featured in total of 15 WT20I matches, amassing 78 runs. She plays for Surrey Stars, England Women, Lancashire Thunder.
“We’re pleased to confirm a strong group of Centrally Contracted England Women’s cricketers ahead of a really exciting two years for Lisa, Heather and the team,” Director of England Women’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch said.
“The Central Contracts, along with the roll-out of professional women’s domestic contracts, provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a larger pool of players pushing for selection and help strive for success on the field for England Women.
“We’ve continued to work closely with the England Women’s Player Partnership (EWPP) and the PCA to establish a comprehensive and objective process that underpins the awarding of Central Contracts. We will keep working in collaboration for the benefit of the players as we continue to grow and develop the professional women’s game.”
Contracted Players (2021-22): Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Katie George, Heather Knight, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt