ECB to bankroll new women’s Super League

LONDON, (Reuters) – The England and Wales Cricket Board has made its biggest ever investment in the women’s game by bankrolling a new six-team Super League to the tune of three million pounds, it was announced yesterday.

Starting next year, the new tournament will mirror the women’s Big Bash League, which begins in Australia later this year, and will initially employ the Twenty20 game but from 2017 onwards will develop to both T20 and 50-over formats.

The three million pound ($4.78 million) funding will pay for coaching and facilities as well as providing prize money over four years.

It will be the first time there has ever been prize money for women’s domestic cricket in England and the ECB hopes to attract the world’s best players to compete alongside England’s leading female cricketers.

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