Linsey Smith has been awarded a “Rookie” contract to enable her to continue to train full-time over the winter with the England squad.
The left-arm spinner, who made her international debut on Monday against Bangladesh and who had previously worked as a coach for Leicestershire, said that the decision had come as a relief.
“I came out of the KSL this year thinking, ‘right, I need to find a job away from cricket,’” she told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview published today. “For them to say, ‘you can focus on what you want to do, focus on being a cricketer for England’, it’s such a relief. I feel very lucky and privileged.”
Smith joins other “Rookies” Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards and Katie George, with the 4 of them training alongside the 19 players with full contracts.
Excellent stuff. Let’s hope the cost of the “new competition” (the 100) doesn’t double or triple yet again (gone from £13 million to £40 million) and the ECB has the sense, and the funds, to keep supporting the women’s game.