Clare Connor, the former England captain and the head of International Cricket Council’s(ICC) women’s committee has requested to cricket governing bodies to inspire from Cricket Australia and decrease the gap between salaries of men and women cricketers. Indirectly, she was pointing that women cricketers, too, needs higher pays for playing cricket.
“We are all going to think very seriously of how well our players are remunerated,” she said. “Because if we don’t look after them they will go and choose other sports or other professions and that will be a tragedy.”
Recent Women’s World Cup, held in England, was a great success with full-stadiums and high TV ratings. Australian cricket board has brought a new revolution in the salaries of women players as they increased the overall payments from $7.5 million to $55.2 million.
Meanwhile, BCCI also announced to increase payment for women players, but there is no further details have been announced yet.
She added “Obviously the men get in significant commercial revenues to the game. We are just starting out on our journey, hence there is a lot of discrepancy or difference how players are paid in various corners of the globe.”
“They (Australia) are certainly setting the bar very high and this is a key issue for lots of countries. It is amazing that international women can earn that sort of money,” said Connor. “(India) have got a team that has captured the imagination and they have obviously got a huge number of girls that could be attracted to the game as a result.”
Indian skipper Mithali Raj is also hoping that BCCI will increase the payment methods of women cricketers and said: “Recently there was news that the BCCI is looking into it and we are hoping that it would be positive.”