England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is about to supply as much as 24 home ladies cricketers retainer payouts from June 1 to assist ease the monetary burden after their season was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
As per the unique plan, as part of their effort to pump extra money into the ladies’s and ladies’ cricket within the nation, the ECB was set to supply 40 full-time summer time contracts throughout the eight regional sides in September. Within the interim, the retainer system has been launched to assist few of these gamers financially on this time of an unprecedented disaster, stated Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of girls’s cricket.
“The momentum behind the ladies’s recreation has been staggering in the previous few years and it’s nonetheless firmly our ambition to construct on that,” Connor stated on Tuesday (Might 19). “As we emerge from this pandemic, we consider much more strongly that cricket shall be a sport that throws its arms round everybody – really inclusive, numerous and a sport for contemporary Britain to be happy with.
The choice to defer the launch of The Hundred to 2021 had left many ladies gamers on the English home circuit staring on the prospect of zero earnings from the game this season. This was as a result of be probably the most thrilling yr within the recreation’s historical past for our main home gamers. Various them would have been hoping to signal a full-time contract with one in every of our eight Areas this summer time. Whereas we nonetheless intend to award these full-time contracts in 2020, we need to attempt to assist our gamers as a lot as we will till that time, therefore the introduction of those Retainers to offer an interim resolution.
“As the results of COVID-19 on the remainder of the summer time and past turn out to be extra obvious, we are going to proceed to assist our gamers to the very best of our skill, and we promise them that our drive for a extra gender-balanced sport stays vitally essential.”
The eight regional sides have been tasked with recruiting gamers for this new retainer scheme. The chosen gamers must participate in ECB-directed power and conditioning programmes in addition to on-line instructional programs on matters together with anti-corruption and anti-doping, moreover the media commitments that their regional hubs could require.