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BCCI affirms pay parity for India Women cricketers’ match fees; Big gap still in contract payouts

BCCI secretary Jay Shah announce pay parity for India Women cricketers' match fees across the formats; No change in BCCI’s annual retainers.

BCCI announce equal match fees for Women Cricketers as their male counterparts _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
BCCI announce equal pay for Women Cricketers as their male counterparts (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Thursday announced that India’s centrally-contracted women cricketers are set to receive the same match fees as their male counterparts for their appearances in international matches across formats.

The India Women team has scaled varied milestones in the last quite a few years in both T20Is and ODIs; they played the final of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 against Australia, before participating in the final of the Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket Completion 2022 (CWG) against the same opponents. They also clinched their seventh Asia Cup title beating Sri Lanka comfortably in the final in its 2022 edition.

Big gap still present in Annual Retainers

On the flipside of the coin, there is no change in BCCI’s annual retainers for the women players. Currently, those in the highest retainer grade (Grade A) take INR 50 lakh, while Grade B and Grade C are paid INR 30 lakh and INR 10 lakh, respectively.

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