Women's Cricket Going From Strength to Strength

30 Aug 2019



New Master Agreement for Female Cricketers

Earlier in August, New Zealand Cricket and the Cricket Players’ Association announced exciting opportunities to drive forward the women’s game. The new Master Agreement increases the number and value of WHITEFERNS contracts, introduces a new tier of contracted Development Players and, support for players contracted by their Major Associations. This is a significant step in the efforts to grow the strength of our female players at regional, domestic and international levels. Congratulations to everyone involved in this massive milestone for the women’s game!

More International Opportunities

Following the new Master Agreement was the announcement of the inclusion of Women’s Twenty20 Cricket at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. It is the first-time cricket will make an appearance on this international stage since men’s one-day cricket was played at the 1998 Games. It is the latest addition to an incredibly exciting international calendar and will follow on from the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be held at grounds across New Zealand. Additionally, the ICC has announced the establishment of a Women’s U19 Cricket World Cup, the first of which is set to be held in 2021.

National and District U19 Women’s Tournaments

In line with the introduction of an U19 World Cup, New Zealand Cricket have replaced the National U21 Women’s tournament with a National U19 Tournament. The tournament is to be held at NZC’s Lincoln High-Performance base in December this year. It will provide our best young cricketers the opportunity to push for National honours and ultimately the chance to represent New Zealand at a Cricket World Cup.
As a result of this change, Otago Cricket is aligning our Major Association programme with the National pathway. Therefore, the former Secondary School Girls Tournament will be replaced with an U19 District Tournament to be held in Invercargill from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th of October. This change will allow our players to build towards the new NZC Tournament and put their best foot forward for National selection.