India women cricketers to earn same match fee as male counterparts, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirms

India women cricketers to earn same match fee as male counterparts, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirms

India’s women cricketers are set to earn the same match fee as their male counterparts for appearances in international matches. This was confirmed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Thursday, in accordance with the board’s new pay equity policy for centrally contracted players.

Under this policy, the women – like the men – will earn INR 15 lakh for a Test, six lakh for an ODI and three lakh for a T20I. These amounts are significantly higher than the flat INR one lakh that India women players currently earn for an ODI or T20I appearance, and four lakh for a Test match.

As things stand, there are no changes to BCCI’s annual retainers for the women players. Currently, those pencilled into the highest retainer bracket take home INR 50 lakh, while Grade B and Grade C are valued at INR 30 lakh and INR 10 lakh respectively. In comparison, the male cricketers are divided into four categories with Grade A+ players taking home INR 7 crore, and those in Grades A, B and C collecting INR five crore, three crore and one crore respectively.

While describing the move as “the first step towards tackling discrimination”, Shah thanked BCCI’s Apex Council for their support in implementing the move, which he said was his “commitment to our women cricketers.”

ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI has been engaging with the country’s top women cricketers to work out changes to the annual retainers. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain, is believed to have been in attendance at the meeting held at the board’s Mumbai headquarters.
Contracts and match fees aside, the inaugural women’s IPL, which the BCCI formally announced at the Annual General Meeting earlier this month, is also understood to have been on the agenda with the board putting together a process for TV rights and franchise ownership. There are also discussions ongoing over whether the league will follow a draft process or an auction for the players.

India women have had a solid run lately. They followed their silver-medal finish at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in August with a record 3-0 ODI series sweep of England in England in September. Earlier this month, India beat Sri Lanka to clinch a record seventh Asia Cup crown in Bangladesh. They’re set to host Australia next for five T20Is in November-December.

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