Entering its 22nd season Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins welcomed the announcement that the Women’s National Cricket League will be played over three weekend rounds commencing on 6 October, 25 November and 16 February, culminating in the final on 24 February with Tasmanian Roar playing New South Wales on the 16th of February and ACT on the 18th of February.

The first round will be played before the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, followed by a round before Rebel WBBL|03 and then a final round after the WBBL.

The separation provides Australia’s elite women cricketers with the best preparation ahead of their key international schedules for the season. It also better mirrors the break-up of the Sheffield Shield schedule.

For the first time prizemoney will be introduced for the WNCL of $258,000, whilst CA’s ground-breaking remuneration proposal would see Australia’s best domestic cricketers, playing both WNCL and WBBL, receive an average remuneration of $52,000 this year.

Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins said professionalising women’s cricket will be a game changer in regards to Tasmania producing Australian players in the future.

“The benefit of having a Tasmanian play for Australia in the future will be significant and will no doubt have impact on participation showing Tasmanian girls and women that it is an attainable dream to become a professional women’s cricketer in their home state.

“Last year women’s club cricket grew by 37%  and female participation overall grew by 26% during the 2016-17 season which shows that women’s cricket is strong in Tasmania,” Mr Cummins sad.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said:

“This will be the 22nd season of the Women’s National Cricket League, and the tournament has a strong history of producing world-class talent as well as attracting high-profile international players. It continues to provide a platform for Australia’s finest young cricketers to further develop their skills and strive for national selection.

“We know we have a strong structure to our domestic competitions which identifies and elevates players who are performing, so that we can continue to strive for success on the international stage and ensure our players are provided with the very best opportunities to perform to their ability here at home and away.

“Cricket has led the way in showing that women too can make a living from the game, with the proposed remuneration providing the country’s best domestic players the opportunity to earn a full-time wage for the first time,” concluded Mr Howard.

The WNCL schedule for 2017-18 can be viewed HERE. Exact venues are still being finalised.

For more information about the 2016-17 summer of cricket, and for tickets to international cricket series, visit www.cricket.com.au