Women's International Cricket League has no support - ECB

The England and Wales Cricket Board has refused to back an Indian Premier League-style tournament for women.

Australian businessman Shaun Martyn wants to launch a Women's International Cricket League, which could see leading players earn £23,500 in only 12 days.

But the International Cricket Council has not yet sanctioned the proposal and the ECB has dismissed the plan.

The Indian Premier League

  • The men's Indian Premier League is a Twenty20 competition, which began in 2008 and has been held each spring since.
  • The latest season featured eight franchises, representing different parts of India.
  • Teams bid for the star players in an auction before the season starts.
  • Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen cost £880,000 at the 2014 auction, but his side, Delhi Daredevils, finished bottom.

"There is no support or interest for this proposed event," said ECB chairman Giles Clarke.

The tournament would bring together the best female players in the world to play in six company-owned teams during a 12-day event in Singapore.

Speaking ahead of the ECB's announcement, England captain Charlotte Edwards, 34, said she would want to play - but only if the competition was officially approved.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for top players," she told BBC Sport.

"Nothing has been ratified by the ICC but these things are exciting for the game and as England players you want to be part of it."

The ECB may have dismissed the WICL but it has backed the new ICC International Women's Championship.

The top eight teams in the world rankings will take part "with results determining qualification for the 2017 Women's World Cup".