Central contracts for England Women's players

Friday 16th December 2016
& News
Written by Danny Painter

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that 18 players have been awarded new England Women’s central contracts.

Alongside an increase in the value of the contracts, which will come into effect from 1 February 2017, the next wave of England Women’s contracts will also, for the first time, include the introduction of two-year contracts, plus a new level of rookie contract.

ECB’s 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, including the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil next summer.”

England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, added: “The women’s game is growing at a real pace, but still doesn’t have the financial security that the men’s county game offers a player from the England men’s team in the event that they lose their ECB central contract.

“We have a big couple of years coming up and it’s important that the players can look forward with some degree of certainty to focus on performing in those competitions.

“Congratulations to Alex Hartley and Beth Langston on being awarded ECB contracts for the first time.  Alex has been given a full central contract: her performances against the West Indies in the Caribbean were outstanding and testament to the hard work that she put in over the last 18 months.

“I’m also happy to confirm that we have offered Sarah Taylor a new contract.  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.”

England Women’s centrally contracted players

  Name County / Kia Super League team
1 Tammy Beaumont Kent / Surrey Stars
2 Katherine Brunt Yorkshire / Yorkshire Diamonds
3 Kate Cross Lancashire / Lancashire Thunder
4 Georgia Elwiss Sussex / Loughborough Lightning
5 Natasha Farrant Kent / Southern Vipers
6 Jenny Gunn Warwickshire / Yorkshire Diamonds
7 Alex Hartley Middlesex / Surrey Stars
8 Danielle Hazell Yorkshire / Yorkshire Diamonds
9 Amy Jones Warwickshire / Loughborough Lightning
10 Heather Knight Berkshire / Western Storm
11 Beth Langston (rookie contract) Yorkshire / Loughborough Lightning
12 Laura Marsh Kent / Surrey Stars
13 Natalie Sciver Surrey / Surrey Stars
14 Anya Shrubsole Somerset / Western Storm
15 Sarah Taylor Sussex / Lancashire Thunder
16 Fran Wilson Middlesex / Western Storm
17 Lauren Winfield Yorkshire / Yorkshire Diamonds
18 Danielle Wyatt Sussex / Lancashire Thunder

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