Rewards doubled for England women's cricket team

Charlotte Edwards, captain of the England women's cricket team
Charlotte Edwards led England to victory at the 2009 World Cup

England's women cricketers have seen their rewards doubled ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month.

Following a proposal recently approved by the England & Wales Cricket Board's management board, the players will receive tour fees and incentivised appearance payments for the first time.

The move will take effect for the team's forthcoming one-day and Twenty20 international series in South Africa.

Skipper Charlotte Edwards and her team can now earn double the rewards.

Currently, 20 players receive a monthly payment from the ECB, and seven of those are also able to supplement their income by coaching schoolchildren for the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine scheme. These payments will increase from 1 January.

The ECB said the investment represented showed its support for the women's game following last week's appointment of five specialist coaches to work across women's and girls' cricket.

Former England captain Clare Connor, the ECB head of women's cricket, said: "This is a significant step forward for women's sport in this country and a great boost for the England team as they prepare to defend the ICC Women's World Cup in 2013 and seek to regain the ICC World Twenty20 title next year.

"Our leading players have traditionally had to sacrifice a career to play international cricket as the sport demands an intensive commitment of up to 100 days a year playing and training.

"This decision will make it far easier for all our players to combine part-time work or study with their England commitments and will play an important role in helping ECB attract and retain more girls and women with cricketing talent."