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ECB announce £3.5 million funding hike for ladies’s regional cricket

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Ladies’s regional cricket in England and Wales is ready to learn from a £3.5 million improve in funding as much as the tip of 2024, the ECB has introduced, which is able to assist to spice up the typical home wage to £25,000, and lift the full variety of feminine skilled gamers to shut to 100.

The funding hike, which comes within the wake of the BCCI’s latest announcement that India’s nationwide groups will obtain pay fairness in match charges, is additional proof of the expansion of curiosity within the ladies’s sport.

“Everybody inside cricket must be immensely pleased with the game-changing progress {of professional} ladies’s home cricket for the reason that implementation of the Rework Ladies’s and Women’ Cricket Motion Plan started in 2020,” Clare Connor, the ECB’s interim CEO, mentioned.

“The numerous improve in funding we’re asserting at present is not going to solely proceed to drive the efficiency requirements of our home gamers throughout England and Wales, giving the ladies’s sport extra energy in depth, however critically we’re making a extra equitable future for ladies and women in our sport. Younger women have a clearer pathway in cricket than ever earlier than, and the assumption that they can also aspire to be skilled cricketers.

From November 1, the variety of skilled gamers funded by ECB will go as much as seven gamers per area, rising once more to 10 skilled gamers per area by February 1, 2023.

By the beginning of the 2023 season, there will probably be 80 ECB-funded skilled ladies’s home cricketers, double the preliminary determine of 40 who had been contracted in 2020, along with the England Ladies’s Centrally Contracted gamers.

From February 1, the wage pot for the groups that participate within the ECB’s regional competitions, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup, will rise to £250,000, that means the typical wage for a ladies’s regional cricketer will probably be £25,000.

There has additionally been a rise in staffing salaries and capability, the ECB added, with a concentrate on the science and drugs provision at every area.

“As of February there will probably be practically 100 skilled feminine cricketers in England and Wales,” Connor mentioned. “There have been fewer than 20 earlier than we launched the brand new regional construction in 2020.

“We’re indebted to the exhausting work of everybody: gamers, help employees and the directors who’ve backed the imaginative and prescient and pushed this transformation – and to the PCA, for the essential position they’ve performed in supporting this development with their continued collaboration.

“Mixed with the dramatic influence of The Hundred, we’re seeing the advantages of professionalisation and collaborative methods of working and cricket is prospering because of this.”

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