A Historic Move! BCCI Announces Equal Pay For Both Men & Women’s Team

Oct 27, 2022, 18:31 IST


In a move regarded as historic, the Indian cricket governing body, BCCI, declared equal pay for all contracted men and women team India cricketers. Wednesday, Secretary Jay Shah made the announcement that the match fee will be equal irrespective of the gender. According to the existing arrangement, Harmanpreet Kaur and co. will earn the same match fees as their male counterparts: 15 lakh every Test, 6 lakh per ODI, and 3 lakh per T20I.

“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 same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Indian Cricket,” he said in an official statement.

The decision comes following the women’s cricketing team’s tremendous success in the recently concluded Asia cup and the bilateral series against England. Earlier this month at its 91st annual general meeting, the BCCI recently voted to conduct the Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL) beginning the next season. The inaugural edition of the tournament will be held in March 2023, with additional information on the schedule, format, and structure of the competition likely to be disclosed soon.

Many former and current cricketers have tweeted welcoming BCCI’s move. “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,” said Former captain Mithali Raj. Women’s team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur referred it as a red letter day and thanked the committee and secretary for the decision. “Truly a red letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you @BCCI and @JayShah,” tweets skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

This year, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) reached an agreement with the country's players' organisation that allowed women cricketers to earn the same as men, and Cricket Australia (CA) is also aiming to eliminate gender inequality.

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