Sterre Kalis will be available for the Northern Diamonds opening game of the 2022 regional summer on May 14 even though she has travelled to play in the Fairbreak Global Invitational T20 competition in Dubai.
The Diamonds are fully supportive of the full-time contracted batter as she travels to play in the six-team event which starts on Wednesday and runs through to May 15.
Dutch international Kalis will play with and against some star names of women’s cricket as she bids to progress a game which has already seen her impress in the first two years of regional cricket.
The 22-year-old will play for the Tornadoes team alongside the likes of Sophie Devine and Stefanie Taylor, while England players Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Heather Knight and Danni Wyatt are also involved in the globally televised event.
Hong Kong international Mariko Hill, who is UK based and is training with the Diamonds, is also taking part in the competition played at the Dubai International Stadium.
Diamonds director of cricket James Carr has praised, and is supportive of, Fairbreak’s mission to grow the women’s game.
He said: “I think the Fairbreak movement has been really good.
“It’s supporting the development of Associate cricketers by putting them in the same dressing room and on the same pitch as some high-class internationals.
“Ultimately, it is about developing the women’s game, so what they’re doing is outstanding.
“They’ve had a tough couple of years like everyone has around Covid, with their initiatives and things like that. There’s been a slight scheduling challenge, but we’ve tried to make it work for all parties.
“For Sterre to be playing five or six games in a fortnight is good preparation for her.
“Thankfully it’s worked out well because we want to support player development and grow the women’s game.”
On Kalis’s situation ahead of the Diamonds season opener, a Charlotte Edwards Cup clash with Lightning at Loughborough on Saturday May 14, Carr said: “Sterre will be there for 90 percent of the tournament.
“It overlaps with the start of the domestic season, so she’s out there as long as she physically can be without it impacting on our first game.
“She will be flying back in time to play in game one at Loughborough.”
The Diamonds are, of course, aiming to win their first domestic title after reaching all three finals so far in 2020 and 2021.
They have bolstered the squad in the last week with the signings of New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek and fellow all-rounder Yvonne Graves.
And Carr added: “I’m very confident. The girls are three years on. But as I’ve said before, a bit of a caveat - a disclaimer, everyone will be getting better too.
“Programmes and cultures are improving, the trajectory is going the right way.
“I’m really excited for the girls and the staff to have the chance to go one better. That’s our driver this year - to go one better in ideally both formats, at least one though.
“We’re really looking forward to it.”