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.”
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.