England Launch Action Plan to Boost Women's Cricket

Meg Lanning and Heather Knight

Meg Lanning and Heather Knight

The people who are in charge of cricket in England and Wales have said they are trying to boost the number of young women and girls playing the sport over the next five years.

The new contracts will be worth around £27,500 matching the minimum wage for male county cricketers and are in addition to the existing 21 centrally contracted England players.

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of women's cricket Clare Connor welcomed a coordinated approach.

"We have an awesome opportunity to make cricket the sport we want it to be - a sport that is modern, innovative and inclusive".

Funding of £20m over two years, with potential to rise to £50m over five years, was announced on Tuesday as well as confirmation of the restructuring of domestic women's cricket in a bid to streamline and improve the system.

"During the development of Inspiring Generations and extensive conversations and research across the game, the strong appetite to transform cricket's relationship with women and girls was abundantly clear", said Harrison.

"This plan, formed in collaboration with the whole cricket network, and supported by our commercial and media partners, represents a crucial step in achieving our ambition of making cricket a gender-balanced sport".

England's women are the reigning world champions but were well beaten by Australia in this year's Ashes competition.

"Much of this plan is about normalising the game for women and girls and I'm excited to see how this increased opportunity takes the game forward".

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