In a historic move, New Zealand Cricket has announced equal pay for men and women to bring down the gender gap. New Zealand Cricket has signed a 5-year agreement with the six major associations and the players' union. As per the agreement, from 1 August, the women's national team and domestic women's players will receive the same match fees as men.
White Ferns captain Sophie Devine said the agreement was a game-changer for women's cricket.“It's great for the international and domestic women players to be recognized in the same agreement, alongside the men,” Devine said.“It's a massive step forward and will be a huge drawcard for young women and girls.”
Enhanced salary and better conditions part of the agreement
The deal also expands the frequency of contracts readily accessible to women who play cricket in New Zealand . Additionally, it extends the number of competitive games that are accessible to young players. The new numbers were estimated from all New Zealand Cricket predicted income throughout the deal, a part of which – adding up to an expected $104m – is allocated to professional players. Furthermore, this is the first time the male and female professional contacts have been merged in one agreement.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said,“It's really important for the current players to build on the legacy of those who have gone before us, and to support tomorrow's players, both men, and women, at all levels. This agreement goes a long way towards achieving that.”
Moreover, men's and women's team players in the nation will receive 29.75% of anticipated revenue. It is a part of the deal that also includes better salaries and conditions. The men's national team, even with the same pay, is likely to earn more owing to the more games they play.
Updated match fees: women and men
- Tests: $10,250
- ODIs: $4,000
- T20Is: $2,500
- Plunket Shield: $1,750
- Ford Trophy/Hallyburton Johnstone Shield: $800
- Super Smash: $575
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