New Zealand Women's high performance squad for 2014-15 includes 16-year-old wicketkeeper Natasha van Tilburg. The squad of 20 will get "specialist coaching support, individual strength and conditioning programmes, mental-skills training and athlete life services", a New Zealand Cricket release stated.

"These players are likely to play big roles for the White Ferns over the next few years and we'll be providing the necessary resources to support their ongoing development as much as possible," NZC's head of cricket, Lindsay Crocker, said in the release.

"With the emergence of the ICC Women's Championship, the women's game has gone to an exciting new level. Through the newly established role of high performance manager and the 10 women's contracts, we're taking a number of steps to increase our strength and depth and create a viable succession plan. We hope to see the benefits at events such as the 2017 ICC World Cup and beyond."

The team got a new coach in July, when former Auckland cricketer Hamish Barton was appointed in the role.