England have awarded a central contract to South East Stars batter Sophia Dunkley for the primary time.
The 22-year-old has performed in 15 Twenty20 internationals after making her debut on the 2018 World Cup in West Indies.
Dunkley is one among 17 gamers, together with captain Heather Knight and all-rounder Nat Sciver, to be handed a central contract.
The contracts will run from 1 May 2021 to 31 October 2022.
In December, 16 cricketers were awarded full-time domestic contracts with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), taking the full to 41.
“The central contracts, along with the roll-out of professional women’s domestic contracts, provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a larger pool of players pushing for selection and help strive for success on the field for England Women,” Jonathan Finch, director of England ladies’s cricket, mentioned
Dunkley is presently enjoying for South East Stars within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and has been in spectacular type, averaging 98 in three matches.
On Wednesday, England are anticipated announce their squad for the upcoming Test in opposition to India.
England will host India within the one-off match in Bristol from 16-19 June, adopted by three one-day-internationals and three T20s.
England central contracts 2021-2022
Tammy Beaumont (Lightning), Katherine Brunt (Northern Diamonds), Kate Cross (Thunder), Freya Davies (South East Stars), Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars), Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder), Georgia Elwiss (Southern Vipers). Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks), Katie George (Western Storm), Heather Knight (Western Storm), Amy Jones (Central Sparks), Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds), Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm), Mady Villiers (Sunrisers), Fran Wilson (Sunrisers), Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds), Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers).