On Wednesday, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced new contracts system and payment structure for Indian cricketers that will help them to earn a lot more than what they used to in previous years.
The BCCI has introduced a new grade system altogether.
Men’s payment structure:
Grade A+: ₹7 Cr
Grade A: ₹5 Cr
Grade B: ₹3 Cr
Grade C: ₹1 Cr.
Earlier, there was no Grade A+ while Grade A cricketers used to get ₹2 Cr and Grade B and C cricketers used to get ₹1 Cr and ₹50 Lakh respectively. However, when BCCI rolled out the payment structure for women cricketers, the shocking pay gap was apparent.
With the elimination of grade A+ that only our men cricketers enjoy, here’s how the ladies will be paid.
Grade A: ₹50 lacs
Grade B: ₹30 lacs
Grade C: ₹10 lacs
Five cricketers will receive ₹7 Cr annually from BCCI as they have been placed in the top grade– Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Jasprit Bumrah. Meanwhile, former India captain MS Dhoni remains in Grade A and will receive ₹1 Cr per annum.
Dhoni is one of the seven players to be named in Grade A and the others are – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wridhhiman Saha. Grade B players will be richer by ₹3 Cr per annum and the seven cricketers are KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, and Dinesh Karthik.
Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, and Jayant Yadav will receive ₹1Cr each for being named in Group C.
As for the women’s compensation structure, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana are placed in Grade A and will receive ₹50 lakhs per annum. Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma in Grade B will receive ₹30 lakhs per annum.
And Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parveen, Sushma Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia in Grade C will be given 10 lakhs per annum.
Unimpressed by the improper compensation structure, Twitter users urged BCCI to take necessary steps to pay the women cricketers equally.
shame….. boys will get 7 cr… women will get 50 lakhs… shame on u bcci
— JYOTI TEWATIA (@jyoti_tewatia1) March 7, 2018
Yes women's Cricket is not commercially as viable (yet) as men's Cricket but this pay difference is still staggering given that as an anthele both men and women put in the same blood and sweat.
— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) March 7, 2018
BCCI Retainer Fee:
Grade A+ INR 7 Cr
Grade A INR 5 Cr
Grade B INR 3 Cr
Grade C INR 1 Cr
Grade A INR 50 Lacs
Grade B INR 30 Lacs
Grade C INR 10 Lacs
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 7, 2018
1) Men's cricket generates more revenue.
2) The people who complain themselves don't watch women's cricket.
But obviously BCCI should pay them more as they deserve it. And we should encourage them by watching the matches.
— SK (@frustratedsoulx) March 7, 2018
Today we talk about equal status for women in all areas but data shows different picture:- there is lot of deference between pay for women in Indian cricket team approx . 14 times less then men cricket team .
Please do for this difference.
happy#women's day @PMOIndia ,@AmitShah pic.twitter.com/Fif2gGG5NO
— gaurav kumar (@gaurav29091995) March 8, 2018
— Saurabh Yadav (@yadv_saurabh) March 8, 2018
Both men and #women representing our country in cricket
Both are doing excellent job but then also girls are being ignored in equal pay..
Why question for all..@BCCI@ICC #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/WpnhwR7AUO
— Mayank Deep (@Mayank_Dep) March 8, 2018