Equality for women in cricket
In a major step towards ensuring equality in pay between men and women cricketers, the BCCO Secretary Jay Shah confirmed few days back that India’s women cricketers would earn the same match fees as their male counterparts in international matches going forward in a significant move towards equal pay.
The decision was taken in the 15th BCCI Apex Council meeting at which the members unanimously agreed to the resolution.
Legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj chose to describe the latest update from BCCI as a “historic decision for women’s cricket in India”. With this policy, India’s women cricketers will earn INR 15 lakh for a Test, 6 lakh for an ODI and 3 lakh for a T20I, the same as the men’s cricketers.
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.
As a matter of fact, Those in the highest bracket, Grade A, have an annual contract of INR 50 lakh, while Grade B and Grade C earn INR 30 lakh and INR 10 lakh respectively.
“In our Apex Council meeting today, we have made a marquee decision on pay equity for our women cricketers,” newly anointed BCCI President Roger Binny said.
“Our women players will be paid the same match fees as men in international cricket. This decision sets the platform to grow and develop cricket. I believe this is a significant step forward for women’s cricket and the game overall.”