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From Nat Sciver-Brunt To Sophie Ecclestone; ECB Reveals England Women's 2023-24 Contracts

image-lpr0jeauECB announces list of players who will be awarded central contracts for England (ECB.com)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled the list of players who will be awarded Central Contracts for the England Women's team in the upcoming 2023/24 season. A total of 18 contracts, valid for one year, have been announced, with Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson earning their first England Women Central Contracts.

Notably, bowlers Mahika Gaur and Lauren Filer, along with wicketkeeper-batter Bess Heath, have been recognized with development contracts. These contracts are a testament to the players' emergence in the senior setup in 2023 and reflect the England Women management team's belief in their pivotal roles in the team's future.

The contracts will remain in effect until October 31, 2024, and come with significant enhancements to address player needs. Collaborating with the England Women’s Player Partnership and the PCA, the ECB has introduced structural improvements, including increased family provision entitlement, a bonus structure rewarding success against higher-ranked opponents, enhanced retainer values, and equalization of match fees with the men's team.

The centrally contracted players include Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Heather Knight, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Issy Wong, and Danni Wyatt.

Director of England Women’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch, expressed excitement about the upcoming cricket season, emphasizing the importance of the selected players in navigating an unprecedented schedule. 

Finch expressed gratitude to the England Women’s Player Partnership and the PCA for their continued support in shaping the future of women's cricket in England.

"The introduction of development contracts is a key step for us and allows us to support a wider group of players in their ongoing development and we will work closely with the regions to manage the players’ development and workloads. After a record-breaking Ashes summer, we have a really exciting 12 months of cricket ahead and we feel this group of players will form the foundations of our side that will take us through various bilateral series, and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Our thanks as ever go to the England Women’s Player Partnership and the PCA who continue to play an important role.” 

He lauded the performance of newcomers Bouchier and Gibson and highlighted the introduction of development contracts as a crucial step in supporting a broader group of players in their ongoing development.