The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced an increase in renumeration for the successful England Women's team prior to their tour of South Africa.
The 2009 ICC Women's World Cup and World Twenty20 winners will now receive tour fees and incentivisied appearance fees which will double the funds available to the players.
The move comes hot on the heels of the ECB appointing five lead coaches for women's and girl's cricket in England and Wales.
Currently, 20 players are paid monthly by the ECB and seven supplement their income by coaching youngsters for The Cricket Foundation's Chance To Shine scheme.
These payments will also increase in 2012.
"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 T20 title next year," Clare Connor, ECB Head of Women's Cricket, said.
"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.
"Today’s 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."#
England take on South Africa in three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals with the first match on 21st October.
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