BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a bid to promote gender equality in the country’s most popular sport, all centrally-contracted female and male players will receive the same amount of match fees
On Thursday, oard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a landmark announcement as it declared that women and men’s cricketers will now receive equal match fees. Jay Shah said in a bid to promote gender equality in the country’s most popular sport, all centrally-contracted female and male players will receive the same amount of match fees. It was a moment of rejoice for women’s cricketers as after years of struggle and being in shadow of their male counterparts, they are finally getting their due.
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BCCI announces equal pay
Jay Shah, secretary of the BCCI, tweeted that men and women will receive 1.5 million rupees ($18,290) for a test match, 600,000 rupees ($7,317) for one-day internationals and 300,000 rupees ($3,658) for a T20 match.
“I’m pleased to announce @BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing pay equity policy for our contracted @BCCIWomen cricketers. The match fee for both Men and Women Cricketers will be same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Cricket,” Shah tweeted.
“The @BCCIWomen cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. Test (INR 15 lakhs), ODI (INR 6 lakhs), T20I (INR 3 lakhs). Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support,” Shah added.
Former India women’s captain Mithali Raj called it “a huge boost for women’s cricket.”
The announcement came after India won the women’s T20 Asia Cup in Bangladesh earlier this month.
Former India test cricketer Kirti Azad said the BCCI should also introduce the much-delayed central contracts for women players.
Men have significantly more international matches than the women’s national team, and benefit from a base salary on offer through central contracts.
Mithali said “everything takes time.”
“One step at a time. The team has been doing very well for the past four or five years,” the cricket great said. “We are entering a new era for women cricketers.”
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