In a wonderful development for Women’s Cricket in India, the Secretary of the Board of Cricket Control Jay Shah has announced the implementation of ‘Pay Equity Policy’ where women cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. The decision was taken in tandem with the Apex Council.
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Shah had committed to the Indian women’s team equal pay and delivered on the same.
BCCI is only the second board to offer equal pay, even though Indian cricket doesn’t have an extensive policy on maternity or paternity benefits, this is a huge step towards eliminating discrimination. All praise goes out towards Jay Shah and the Apex Council for their support towards Women’s Cricket.
“In our Apex Council meeting today, we have made a marquee decision on pay equity for our women cricketers. 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,” BCCI president Roger Binny said in a statement.
According to the secretary male and female cricketers both will be paid the following match fees:
|Test||INR 15 lakhs|
|ODI||INR 6 lakhs|
|T20||INR 3 lakhs|
Other Cricket boards on equal pay
New Zealand Cricket was the first board to implement equal pay, along with maternity benefits and more. Cricket Australia has minimised the pay-scale gap but still have a long way to go. Pakistan Cricket Board have an expansive maternity policy.
The board has also shown their willingness to uplift women’s cricket by announcing a full fledged Women’s Indian Premier League. The WIPL will take place in March 2023 and the players draft is likely to take place later this year.
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