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Cricket News: BCCI announces same match fee for female & male cricketers | BCCI announces women cricketers will receive same pay as men

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has declared that the country’s centrally-contracted female cricketers will earn the same match fees as their male counterparts according to the newly-devised pay parity policy.

Accordingly, the women cricketers will bag Rs 15 lakh (approx. US$18k), Rs 7 lakh (approx. US$8.5k) and Rs 3 lakh (approx. US$3.6k) for every Test, One Day International (ODI) and T20I appearance respectively. As of now, they earn Rs 1 lakh (approx. $1.2k) for each ODI and T20I and are paid Rs 2.5 lakh (approx. US$3k) for every Test match.

“I’m pleased to announce BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing pay equity policy for our contracted @BCCIWomen cricketers,” Shah tweeted from his official Twitter handle.

He added, “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.”

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However, no changes have been paid to the board’s annual retainers for female cricketers. As things stand, players slotted in Grades A, B and C are paid Rs 50 lakh (approx. US$60k), Rs 30 lakh (approx. US$36k) and Rs 10 lakh (approx. US$12k) respectively. On the other hand, the male players are categorised into Grade A+, A, B and C. They are given Rs 7 crore (approx. US$850k), Rs 5 crore (approx. US$607k), Rs 3 crore (approx. US$364k) and Rs 1 crore (approx. US$121k) respectively.

The BCCI has been holding talks with the nation’s topmost female cricketers over ringing in some alterations on this front as well. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has attended meetings over the same at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, the board is also creating a roadmap for the TV rights and franchise ownership process for the first edition of the women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) that the BCCI officially confirmed after its Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month. Discussions are also on-going over whether an auction or a draft process will be followed for the inaugural season of the league.

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