ECB announces £3m women’s league

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Women’s cricket will break new ground in this country next year when a new six-team Twenty20 Super League will begin.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced a £3million investment in the league over the next four years, with prize money available for the first time in the domestic structure.

It will run initially alongside the Royal London Women’s One-Day County Cup and NatWest Women’s County Twenty20 competitions.

From the 2017 season, the Super League will encompass both limited-overs formats – with the intention of creating greater competition for places among more experienced players at international level.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Today marks a major step for the women’s game in England.

“The new Women’s Cricket Super League will take standards to a new level and show more women and girls the opportunities that cricket can give.”

Clare Connor, ECB director of England women’s cricket, describes the new structure as “the next stage in the evolution of women’s cricket in this country” – and Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch as “a huge step forward for women’s sport”.

Connor added: “Last year brought the introduction of central contracts for 18 England women’s players and a significant commercial deal with Kia Motors.

“Now, through the Women’s Cricket Super League, we will create high-performance training and competition environments which will constantly challenge our very best players and drive the sustained success of our England team.

“We also have the chance to invite the world’s finest players into the Women’s Cricket Super League to drive ever higher standards.”

The teams set to participate in the new league will be announced at a later date, as will further details of the format and its timing.

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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