The ECB has announced that players in The Hundred Women's Competition will be offered the opportunity to roll over their contracts into 2021 after the inaugural series was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Every player who was offered a contract in 2020 can renew their deal on the same terms for next year, with the ECB confirming that the players doing so will remain with the same team and receive the same pay.
"Since we made the decision to postpone the 2020 edition of The Hundred, one of the most important aspects of the rebuilding process as we move towards 2021 has been to make sure that the women’s players are protected as best as possible,” said Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred’s Women’s Competition.
"A few options were considered around the re-selection process, and after much consultation, including talking to the PCA [Professional Cricketers’ Association] and the players themselves, it was unanimously decided that the strongest approach was to implement a roll-over mechanism for players who were selected in 2020 to 2021.
"COVID-19 has caused some uncertainty for athletes, especially female athletes, so being able to provide immediate clarity and assurance to the women’s players that they will get the chance to re-sign for the same team and for the same fee in 2021 is very important, and demonstrates The Hundred’s ongoing commitment to the women’s game."
The ECB has also confirmed the player selection process ahead of next summer’s scheduled Womens’ Competition.
After all players are given the opportunity to roll over their contracts, teams will be able to replace any players who didn’t roll over.
Each team will be able to sign between 13 and 15 players, and if any team hasn't signed a full squad, they can do so in June 2021 ahead of the competition opening.
The news comes as the ECB has announced job losses across the organisation due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. More information in Industry Shorts.