London, June 18: England will launch its first Women's Cricket Super League Twenty20 next year - 2016, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.
"The competition will feature six teams and will receive a £3 million investment from the ECB over the next four years, following full and unanimous approval from the ECB Board," ECB said in a media release.
"This investment will help each team to provide high quality coaching, facilities, training environments and community engagement plans. It will also allow promotion of the competition and - for the first time in the history of domestic women's cricket in England - prize money," it added.
It further said, "During its first season next year, the Women's Cricket Super League will be comprised solely of T20 cricket and sit alongside the Royal London Women's One-Day County Cup and NatWest Women's County Twenty20 competitions. From 2017 onwards the structure will develop to both T20 and 50-over formats."
According to the ECB, the league will aim at "developing ever higher standards for the England team with greater competition for places and creating more experienced players.
"Inspiring more women and girls to play cricket at all levels by offering new opportunities, a new narrative for the game, and new role models.
"Helping to create more opportunities to play through a network of host clubs linked to their communities."
"Creating new opportunities for partnerships, commercial support and broadcast coverage."
Tom Harrison, Chief Executive of the ECB, said: "Today marks a major step for the women's game in England. We are already very proud of the achievements of the England women's team and the growth of the game for women and girls over the past decade.
"We now have the opportunity to build on this, inspiring more women and girls to take part and offering players a domestic structure that gives the best cricketers the chance to play against each other in the most competitive environment.
"The new Women's Cricket Super League will take standards to a new level and show more women and girls the opportunities that cricket can give."
ECB have the NatWest T20 Blast tournament for the men's team.