Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson have been awarded their first England Girls central contracts.
Batter Bouchier, 24, and all-rounder Gibson, 22, are two of 18 gamers to safe central contracts for 2023-24.
Younger bowlers Mahika Gaur, 17, and Lauren Filer, 22, have been given growth contacts, as has wicketkeeper Bess Heath, 22.
Katherine Sciver-Brunt is now not on contract after her retirement, whereas bowler Freya Davies has misplaced her deal.
The England and Wales Cricket Board mentioned the contracts “present important structural enhancements to fulfill participant wants”.
The offers embody “enhanced household provision entitlement, a bonus construction that rewards success towards higher-ranked opposition, will increase to the worth of retainers and the equalisation of match charges with England males”.
England ladies’s match charges for internationals had been elevated to equal the boys’s with fast impact in August after it was beneficial within the Impartial Fee for Fairness in Cricket report, which discovered discrimination is “widespread” in English and Welsh cricket.
Bouchier, who turns 25 on Tuesday, made her 50-over debut for England within the one-day sequence towards Sri Lanka in September, having additionally performed within the previous T20 sequence towards the identical opposition.
Gibson made her debut for England within the Girls’s Ashes earlier this yr and has performed six instances for England at T20 degree, additionally that includes alongside Bouchier within the T20 sequence defeat by Sri Lanka.
Gaur made her England debut towards Sri Lanka, having beforehand represented United Arab Emirates.
Fellow quick bowler Filer made her England debut within the sole Ashes Take a look at towards Australia in the summertime, with Heath making her England debut within the third and closing match of the ODI sequence win over Sri Lanka in September.
Seamer Davies, 28, featured as soon as throughout the multi-format ladies’s Ashes and has not performed for England since 1 July.
Of the 21 gamers with both central or growth contracts, 19 have travelled to India for the upcoming three-match T20 sequence and one-off Take a look at, with quick bowlers Tash Farrant and Issy Wong not within the senior squad.
Farrant is recovering from a recurrence of a again stress fracture, whereas Wong performed a starring position for England A in a T20 sequence win over India A final week, after struggling along with her run-up in the summertime.
The India sequence can be key preparation for England ladies’s earlier than the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in September and October subsequent yr.
Director of England Girls’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch, mentioned: “The Central Contracts are awarded to the gamers we really feel will play a major position over the subsequent 12 months and past.
“We’re at first of an unprecedented busy interval of worldwide cricket and the group displays the necessities of the multi-format schedule we face.
“Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson have been a part of our group over the summer time, have carried out properly and can be essential gamers for England shifting ahead.”
England Girls central contracts 2023-24
Tammy Beaumont (The Blaze)
Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers)
Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers)
Alice Capsey (South East Stars)
Kate Cross (Thunder)
Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers)
Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars)
Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)
Tash Farrant (South East Stars)
Danielle Gibson (Western Storm)
Sarah Glenn (The Blaze)
Amy Jones (Central Sparks)
Freya Kemp (Southern Vipers)
Heather Knight (Western Storm)
Emma Lamb (Thunder)
Nat Sciver-Brunt (The Blaze)
Issy Wong (Central Sparks)
Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers)
England Girls growth contract listing
Bess Heath (Northern Diamonds)
Lauren Filer (Western Storm)
Mahika Gaur (Thunder)