Women’s regional cricket in England and Wales is set to get a £3.5million raise until the end of 2024, the ECB has announced, which will help raise the national average wage to 25 000 pounds sterling and to increase the total number of professional female players to nearly 100.
“Everyone within cricket should be extremely proud of the groundbreaking progress in professional women’s domestic cricket since the implementation of the Transform Women’s and Girls’ Cricket Action Plan began in 2020,” said Clare Connor, CEO by ECB interim.
“The significant increase in funding we are announcing today will not only continue to boost the performance standards of our national players across England and Wales, giving women’s football more strength in depth, but we are creating above all a fairer future for women and girls Young girls have a clearer path than ever before in cricket and the belief that they too can aspire to become professional cricketers.
From November 1, the number of professional players funded by the ECB will increase to seven players per region, rising to 10 professional players per region by February 1, 2023.
At the start of the 2023 season, there will be 80 ECB-funded domestic professional women’s cricketers, double the original figure of 40 who were contracted in 2020, in addition to England Women’s Central contracted players .
From February 1, the salary pot for teams taking part in ECB regional competitions, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup, will increase to £250,000, meaning the average salary of a female cricketer Women’s Regional will be £25,000.
There has also been an increase in salaries and staff capacity, the ECB added, emphasizing the scientific and medical supply in each region.
“From February there will be nearly 100 female professional cricketers in England and Wales,” Connor said. “They were less than 20 before the launch of the new regional structure in 2020.
“We are indebted to the hard work of everyone: the players, support staff and administrators who have supported the vision and driven this change – and to the PCA, for the important role they have played in supporting this progression through to their continued collaboration.
“Combined with the dramatic impact of The Hundred, we are seeing the benefits of professionalization and collaborative ways of working and cricket is thriving as a result.”