Double rewards for England women
The ECB today announced a doubling of its investment in the rewards available for England’s women’s cricketers ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month.
Following a proposal recently approved by the ECB’s management board, the players will receive tour fees and incentivised appearance fees for the first time.
The move, which will take effect for the team’s forthcoming ODI and T20 series in South Africa, will mean a doubling of the overall remuneration fund available to the players.
It represents a further expansion of the ECB’s support for the women’s game following last week’s appointment of five specialist coaches to work across women’s and girl’s cricket.
Currently, 20 players receive a monthly payment from the ECB, including seven who are also able to supplement their income by coaching schoolchildren for the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to shine scheme.
ECB head of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “This is a significant step forward for women’s sport in this country and a great boost for the England team as they prepare to defend the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2013 and seek to regain the ICC World T20 title next year.
“Our leading players have traditionally had to sacrifice a career to play international cricket as the sport demands an intensive commitment of up to 100 days a year playing and training.
“Today’s decision will make it far easier for all our players to combine part-time work or study with their England commitments and will play an important role in helping ECB attract and retain more girls and women with cricketing talent.”