Women Cricketers Rejoice BCCI’s Pay Parity Policy

“Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support. Jai Hind,” Shah wrote. 

NEW DELHI | Updated: 27 October, 2022 4:06 pm IST
Indian women's cricket team (Pic courtesy Twitter: @NSawaikar)

In a landmark judgement the BCCI has announced pay parity for male and female cricketers on October 27. This is probably one of the very few sporting fields where equality of pay, a longstanding demand of sportswomen has been fulfilled.

Honorary secretary of BCCI Jay Shah made the announcement today. “I’m pleased to announce BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing pay equity policy for our contracted women cricketers. 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,” he said in a Twitter statement.

The women cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. Just like men, now women will be paid ₹15 lakhs for Tests, ₹6 lakhs for ODI , and for T20s the match fee will be ₹3 lakhs.

“Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support. Jai Hind,” Shah wrote.

The decision will have far reaching economic and social impact for women who want to pursue a lucrative career in Indian cricket, highlighted several Indian women cricketer.

“I hope this decision will inspire many more women to join cricket,” said Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of Indian cricket team.

Earlier she had tweeted, “Truly a red letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you BCCI and Jay Shah.”

Former captain of the Indian team Mithali Raj said, “I’m thrilled. It’s great news for women cricketers in the country.”
In the last few years, the women’s team has performed exceptionally well. “In the last 5 years, women’s cricket has created an identity for itself,” said Jhulan Goswami in an interview. 
Indian women’s team ranks at Number 4 on the ICC ranking chart for ODIs and T20.

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