The England and Wales Cricket Board ECB says 41 domestic women’s cricketers have turned professional had signed full-time skilled contracts following a recruitment course of in eight of its areas.
A number of uncontracted ladies cricketers had been denied what was to be there solely supply of earnings earlier this yr after the launch of The Hundred competitors was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ECB had mentioned in June it could pay 25 home gamers a regional retainer as an interim resolution. It added on Thursday that 16 gamers had been added to the record they usually had all progressed on to full-time phrases.
“The introduction of those 41 professionals, along with our 17 centrally contracted England ladies gamers is probably the most important step ahead for the ladies’ sport lately,” ECB ladies’ cricket director Clare Connor mentioned in a press release