Indian Cricket Board announces equal pay for both men and women cricketers, will Australia follow suit

In a historic move by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), India’s cricket governing body on Thursday night announced an equal match fee for both men’s and women’s cricketers of India.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah took to his official Twitter handle to announce the historical development.

“I’m pleased to announce BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing a pay equity policy for our contracted women cricketers. The match fee for both Men and Women Cricketers will be the same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Indian Cricket,” Shah tweeted.

  • Test (INR 15 lakhs),
  • ODI (INR 6 lakhs),
  • T20I (INR 3 lakhs).

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BCCI secretary Shah also highlighted the new fees for the contracted players and stressed that the Indian Women’s cricket team will earn the same match fees as their male counterparts.

“The @BCCIWomen cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support. Jai Hind,” he added in another tweet.

Global cricket fraternity lauds BCCI for the introduction of equal match fees for men and women players

Indian women cricketers took to social media to laud the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for introducing equal match fee for both men’s and women’s cricketers in a huge step to introduce pay equity in the sport.

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur took to social media to express happiness at the move, calling it a “red letter day for women’s cricket in India.

“Truly a red-letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you @BCCI and @JayShah,”

tweeted Harmanpreet Kaur.

Legendary Indian batter and former batter Mithali Raj also lauded BCCI for the move, saying that with this move and the Women’s IPL next year, the country is stepping into a new era of women’s cricket.

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“This is a historic decision for women’s cricket in India! The pay equity policy along with the WIPL next year, we are ushering into a new era for women’s cricket in India. Thank you @JayShah Sir & the @BCCI for making this happen. Really happy today,” tweeted Mithali.

Former Indian pace great Jhulan Goswami also lauded the move by tweeting, “Great initiative from @BCCI and @JayShah sir for the upliftment of women’s cricket. This will motivate young girls in taking cricket as a career. It’s also an imp. step in creating gender equality in society & hopefully other sports will follow BCCI’s footsteps. @BCCIWomen.”

Former Indian skipper Anjum Chopra also appreciated the initiative by BCCI.
“Massive news this! well done @BCCI @JayShah,” tweeted Anjum.
Star Indian opener Smriti Mandhana also expressed her happiness at the move.
“What amazing news for Women’s cricket in India,” she tweeted.

Former Indian spin great Harbhajan Singh extended his congratulations to BCCI by tweeting, “Happy to know that @BCCI has taken the decision of pay equity policy for sportspersons in cricket. BCCI has set a standard for other sports bodies. It will encourage greater participation of women in the game. A historic milestone indeed! @iRogerBinny @JayShah.”

Former Indian spinner Amit Mishra also tweeted, “A welcome decision indeed. Proud that our country did it first. This should be followed by every sports organisation across the globe. Great work @bcci @jayshah ji.”

Last year in October Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley a $1.2m cash injection, which increased the average base salary for a woman cricketer who holds a contract in both the WBBL and WNCL to jump to $65,000, an increase of more than $10,000.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley concedes there’s still “a really big gap” in the salaries of male and female cricketers despite women’s players being thousands of dollars better off this season.

This is compared to an average retainer of $198,000 a year for a male player who plays all formats at the domestic level.

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