Australia women get bumper pay rise following good show at ICC World Twenty20

first_imgAustralia’s run to the women’s final at the ICC World Twenty20 in India has contributed to a significant pay rise for the country’s elite female cricketers.Cricket Australia issued a statement on Wednesday saying the Southern Stars, who lost the World T20 final to the West Indies last weekend, will be the best paid of any women’s sports team in the country.The sport’s national governing body said it would almost double its commitment to elite female cricketers from 2.36 million to 4.23 million Australian dollars ($1.8 million to $3.2 million), which includes increases in retainers for international and domestic Twenty20 contracted players and comes on top of improved travel and accommodation benefits, an updated pregnancy policy, and contributions to private health insurance.The maximum retainers for the women’s national team will increase from 49,000 to 65,000 Australian dollars ($37,000-$49,000), and combined with Women’s Big Bash retainers, match retainers and tour fees, the best players will earn more than 100,000 Australian dollars ($76,000).Minimum retainers for the Southern Stars will double to 40,000 Australian dollars ($30,200), significantly below the minimum value of a Cricket Australia retainer for the top 20 men of 270,000 Australian dollars ($204,000).Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he was “determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.””We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers.”He said of the 1.2 million registered cricket players in Australia, almost one-quarter were women and girls.advertisement”That number continues to grow rapidly and we will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green,” he said.Cricket Australia released a list of 16 contracted female players for next season, with the likes of 17-year-old Lauren Cheatle and 20-year-old Holly Ferling joining established stars including Ellyse Perry, who has played soccer and cricket for Australia.last_img read more