The ICC has experienced a record number of mentees in its 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme ©Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has produced a record-breaking intake at its 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme.

The 25 mentees, an increase from 20 last year, were paired with senior leaders from across cricket to work on a one-on-one basis over six months.

The Programme also includes two full online group workshops and a debrief session with project leader Belinda Clark as well as smaller peer group sessions.

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice hopes the programme will help participants "spearhead change" ©ITG
ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice hopes the programme will help participants "spearhead change" ©ITG

"We have had an overwhelming response to the first two editions of the Future Leaders Programme and are delighted by the continued growth in interest for year three," said ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice.

"We look forward to another group of talented female leaders in our sport emerging with more tools and knowledge to apply to their respective areas, and hopefully resulting in them spearheading the change we want to see in cricket.

"The programme has been well-supported by our members and we are grateful to our mentors who have volunteered their time and knowledge for this important assignment.

"Congratulations to our latest intake of Future Leaders, we wish them all a productive learning experience."

The Programme falls under the 100% Cricket campaign which aims to promote gender equality as well as to empower women and girls through the sport.

With it, the ICC wants to address the low percentage of women in leadership positions in global cricket.

"Women are underrepresented in leadership positions in cricket, and the game will only be stronger for having a greater breadth of perspective amongst its leaders," said mentor Alison Mitchell.

"Leadership comes in many forms and at many levels however, it is important that the programme draws upon both male and female mentors from across the game, to offer guidance to women on their journey.

"It is a unique programme in that it is truly multi-national and cross-cultural. 

"I have been excited to learn who my mentee is, and I’m looking forward to what will no doubt be an enriching experience for both of us.

"Lots of people helped me at different times along my career path as a journalist and then commentator at a time when there were no other female commentators to look up to, but I never had a mentor as such.

"Looking back, I wish I did.

"I'm now keen to offer what guidance I can to encourage my mentee down her own path."