Historic five-year deal in New Zealand; Men and women cricketers to receive equal pay

In a historic deal, New Zealand Men and Women cricketers will receive the same pay for the same work. As per the ICC report,  for the first time in a five-year deal, the country’s women players, including domestic cricketers, will receive the same match fees as their male counterparts across all formats and competitions.  

The pathbreaking deal has been signed between NZC, six Major Associations, and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA). “It is a landmark agreement as the international and domestic women players to be recognized same way in the country. Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson added that it is an exciting time for the sport. 

According to the official statement by ICC, the deal will start on August 1 this year, and will also see professional women’s players receive equity in matters such as travel, accommodation, and the wider playing and training environment. The number of women’s domestic contracts will increase from 54 to 72. At the same time, men will receive higher retainers due to more matches, contested formats and time spent training and playing. 

After the official announcement, the Twitter account of White Ferns noted “Landmark day for all levels of cricket in New Zealand,”. “It is indeed a game-changer deal for women’s cricket. It’s a massive step forward and will be a huge drawcard for young women and girls,” said White Ferns captain Sophie Devine.

According to Contract match fees breakdown, the tests will include $10,250 pay scale, ODIs: $4,000, T20Is: $2,500, Plunket Shield: $1,750, Ford Trophy/Hallyburton Johnstone Shield: $800, Super Smash: $575. 

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Moreover, when we compare the New Zealand cricketers same procedure in India, a male cricketer with a Category A+ contract earns Rs 7 crore, while the women get only Rs 50 lakh. In India, women’s category B gets Rs 30 lakh and Category C gets Rs 10 lakh. For Men- Category A gets Rs 5 crore, Category B gets Rs 3 crore, and Category C gets Rs 1 crore.