BCCI announces pay equity policy for women cricketers: Details here
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, announced a pay equity policy for centrally-contracted women cricketers. As a part of this policy, Indian women cricketers will receive the same match fee as their male counterparts. This comes as a first step toward tackling discrimination. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced the same on Twitter. Here are further details.
Indian women cricketers will receive these amounts
The Indian women cricketers will be "paid the same match fee as their male counterparts". As per the new rules, the contracted Indian women cricketers will receive Rs. 15 lakh per Test, Rs. 6 lakh per ODI, and Rs. 3 lakh per T20I.
Here's the official update
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. Jai Hind 🇮🇳— Jay Shah (@JayShah) October 27, 2022
How much do Indian women cricketers earn currently?
The BCCI has become the third cricket board after Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to have equal pay for men and women cricketers. As far as the current situation is concerned, the Indian female cricketers earn Rs. 1 lakh for an ODI or T20I, while they receive Rs. 4 lakh for a Test match.
What about the annual BCCI contracts?
There are no changes in the annual BCCI contracts. The three brackets remain the same - Grade A: Rs. 50 lakh, Grade B: Rs. 30 lakh, and Grade C: Rs. 10 lakh. Meanwhile, the central contract pay for male cricketers read as Grade A+: Rs. 7 crore, Grades A: Rs. 5 crore, Grade B: Rs. 3 crore, and Grade C: Rs. 1 crore.
A look at the centrally-contracted Indian women cricketers (2022/23)
Here are the women cricketers contracted by the BCCI for the 2022/23 season. Grade A (Rs. 50 lakh): Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad. Grade B (Rs. 30 lakh): Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Tanya Bhatia, Shafali Verma, Pooja Vastrakar. Grade C (Rs. 10 lakh): Poonam Raut, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Sneh Rana.
India won the 2022 Women's Asia Cup T20
Earlier this month, the Indian women's cricket team overcame Sri Lanka in the final of the Women's Asia Cup T20. India Women claimed their seventh Asia Cup trophy. They have won four tournaments in the ODI version and three in the 20-over format. Batting first, Sri Lanka Women managed 65/9 in 20 overs. In response, India Women (71/2) chased down the target in style.