ECB to celebrate September as Women’s Big Cricket Month
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday (August 28) its decision to celebrate women’s cricket with Women’s Big Cricket Month across September.
England will host West Indies in five-match T20I series starting September 21 and the special-edition domestic 50-over tournament Rachael Heyhoe Flint (RHF) trophy is all set to start on August 29. The RHF Trophy final will be played on September 27 and the England-West Indies series will end on September 30.
The ECB and the wider cricketing community will use the month to showcase stories in the women’s game and will take measures to encourage more women and girls to play, watch or attend cricket over the next year.
“We said right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that our commitment to the women’s game would not diminish, despite the obvious challenges facing the game,” said Clare Connor, women’s cricket managing director of ECB. “Women’s Big Cricket Month is about marking that and celebrating all of the progress that has been made.”
“We want Women’s Big Cricket Month to demonstrate that we are as committed to our ambitions for women’s and girls’ cricket as we have ever been. We want it to tell the stories of some of the incredible people in the network driving the game forward and ultimately we want women and girls to know that cricket is a game for them at every level.”
ECB will encourage cricket clubs and county boards to get involved in the celebration of women’s cricket by hosting events. They will also use the official website to provide information about the work that’s being done across the cricketing community and fans, players will have the opportunity to take part in the future events by registering their interest on the website.