Eighteen England women’s players awarded new two-year central contracts

Published: Friday 16th December 2016 by The News Editor

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England women’s players have been offered greater financial security following the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to introduce new two-year deals.

Eighteen internationals will benefit from a pay increase from the new central contracts, which come into effect on February 1, 2017, signalling another major development for women’s cricket after England turned professional in 2014.

ECB director of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “The awarding of two-year contracts represents another significant step forward in the professionalisation of the women’s game in this country.

“The global women’s game is evolving rapidly, and in order to ensure that professional cricket continues to be an attractive career option for talented female athletes, it’s important that we continue to properly invest in our players.

“The ECB is fully committed to the goal of supporting the England women’s team to become the world’s number-one team.

“The pay increase and introduction of two-year contracts will give our players greater financial security and ensure they can be fully focused on the challenges that lie ahead: the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil next summer, the Women’s Ashes in Australia and the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2018.”

Wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor, who announced she was taking an indefinite break from cricket in May, has been included in the list of 18 players, along with Alex Hartley and Beth Langston for the first time.

Head coach Mark Robinson added: “Sarah is doing really well with her return to cricket plan after taking some time away from the game for health reasons.

“Her aim has always been to be back playing and available for selection for the World Cup next summer, and we’ll continue to offer her the support she needs to achieve that goal.”

Former skipper Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway and Rebecca Grundy have not had their central contracts renewed, the first two having retired from international cricket earlier this year.

Published: Friday 16th December 2016 by The News Editor

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