NEWS: ECB Introduces New Two-Year Contracts

In another revolutionary move for women’s cricket, the ECB have today announced that the next wave of England Women’s contracts, which come into effect on 1st February 2017, will last for two years.

There will also be a new level of “rookie” contract for “players who sit just above the England Women’s Senior Academy squad, but who have not quite hit the level required to win a full central contract.”

Alex Hartley, having made her international debut against Pakistan this summer and followed it up with an incredible performance in the West Indies, has been awarded a full central contract, while Beth Langston has been awarded a “rookie” contract.

Unsurprisingly, Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway (who both retired from international cricket earlier this year), alongside Becky Grundy, who was not selected for England’s series’ against Pakistan, West Indies or Sri Lanka, have all been removed from the list of centrally contracted players.

The contracts have also increased in value, although the ECB have given no indication of the scale of the pay rise (the top contracts were previously thought to be worth c.£50,000).

The two-year contracts will help to answer recent criticism that the short-term nature of women’s contracts makes it difficult for contracted players to feel any kind of job security.

The full list of contracted players is below:

Tammy Beaumont (Kent)

Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)

Kate Cross (Lancashire)

Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)

Tash Farrant (Kent)

Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)

Alex Hartley (Middlesex)

Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)

Amy Jones (Warwickshire)

Heather Knight (Berkshire)

Beth Langston (rookie contract) (Yorkshire)

Laura Marsh (Kent)

Natalie Sciver (Surrey)

Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)

Sarah Taylor (Sussex)

Fran Wilson (Middlesex)

Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)

Danielle Wyatt (Sussex)

 

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3 thoughts on “NEWS: ECB Introduces New Two-Year Contracts

  1. Great news for some committed previously semi-pro players.

    On the other side ‘only’ one rookie contract is a pretty poor show, as a few of these players will be on verge of retirement in 2018 and will need replacing.

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  3. Cross T20 : 12-0-83-3
    Grundy T20 : 44-1-238-11
    Cross ODI : 106-9-476-16
    Grundy ODI : 68-3-281-9
    Cross (combined) : 118-9-559-19
    Grundy (combined) : 112-4-519-20
    Cross contract renewed
    Grundy contract withdrawn

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