16 Apr 2013

Four women's cricketers get NZ Cricket contracts

11:32 am on 16 April 2013

International cricketers Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Sian Ruck and Sara McGlashan are the first New Zealand women to be awarded one-year professional contracts.

The contracts allow the players to focus on playing and training as full-time professional cricketers.

Each contracted player will also work closely with a Major Association to increase awareness of the game at school and club levels, helping with female coaching development and recruitment and mentoring upcoming representative players.

Bates will work with Otago Cricket, Devine and Ruck will work with Cricket Wellington, and McGlashan will work with Auckland Cricket.