Rising Stars Secure Women’s Big Bash League Opportunities Through The ICC Rookie Placement Programme
ICC’s Women Cricket Officer, Holly Colvin: “It is fantastic to collaborate once again with the Women’s Big Bash League which provides an unrivalled opportunity to eight rising stars”
The International Cricket Council today announced the next intake of the ICC Rookie Placement Programme. A collaboration with Cricket Australia to invest in the development of the women’s game through the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2017/2018.
Eight cricketers from five Member countries will head to Australia to join to each one of the WBBL franchise clubs. The two-week placement will provide the players the opportunity to experience elite cricket environments, accelerate their development through training sessions and to take back what they have learnt to their respective national teams. In addition, the rookies will also have the opportunity to take part in media and promotional activities.
Members outside of those competing in the ICC Women’s Championship and have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018 were offered the opportunity to nominate players for the programme. The selected rookies, placement dates and nominated clubs are as follows:
Kathryn Bryce Adelaide Strikers Scotland 8-22 December 2017
Rumana Ahmed Brisbane Heat Bangladesh 10-29 January 2018
Sarah Bryce Hobart Hurricanes Scotland 15-31 December 2017
Gaby Lewis Melbourne Renegades Ireland 29 December 2017 – 12 January 2018
Khadija Tul Kubra Melbourne Stars Bangladesh 16-29 January 2018
Ravini Oa Perth Scorchers PNG 28 December 2017 – 8 January 2018
Kim Garth Sydney Sixers Ireland 21 January 2017 – 4 February 2018
Sterre Kalis Sydney Thunder Netherlands 7-21 December 2017
ICC’s Women Cricket Officer, Holly Colvin highlights the importance of programmes like these for upcoming cricketers.“It is fantastic to collaborate once again with the Women’s Big Bash League which provides an unrivalled opportunity to eight rising stars competing outside of the ICC Women’s Championship in a professional elite environment.
“The players can train alongside the very best and accelerate their development. This is an exciting time for the game and this investment assists us with growing the game across the world.”
Head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie said she was delighted to be able to work with the ICC on such a fantastic project.
“The WBBL has gone from strength to strength and it’s pleasing to again have the ICC’s support in making this initiative possible.
“Women’s cricket across the globe is continuing to advance and having players from non-traditional cricket countries training and potentially playing with each of the WBBL clubs provides the opportunity for them to learn from some of the world’s best players.
“Last year we saw Ireland’s Kim Garth become the first rookie to represent their club and she ended up being part of the Sydney Sixers championship winning side, so we are excited to see what this year’s rookies have to offer.”
Gaby Lewis of the Melbourne Renegades and Ireland said:
“ICC have opened the door to allow players from Associate Members to experience playing at a higher level at the WBBL. As Ireland is now a Full Member, this experience will prove invaluable in the years to come.”