Women cricket has been on the rise in last decade with T20 cricket evolving the sport all around. Now women world cup takes place more a less at the same time the men’s competition is held. TV coverage for women game has also extended to many more competitions and many top bilateral series. As we move to 2016 all top 3 cricket nations (India, Australia and England) have announced financially improved “central contracts” for women cricketers. Even the women players in Pakistan, South Africa have got very lucrative central contracts.
England Women Cricketer Salaries:
England and Wales cricket board awarded central contracts to 19 women cricketers for the 2016-2017 season. The decision to award central contracts was made in February 2015 and it was finally implemented in decision in december 2015. 18 cricketers in central contract will get a financially improved 12 month contract for the period of February 2016 to January 2017.
No of Central Contracted Players: 19 Women cricketers
Yearly Retainer Fee: £50,000 a year
Match fee: every player will also get a match fee which is around £1000 for a test match, £500 for odi and t20 matches. There are bonuses such as winning ICC competitions and individual performance related bonuses.
Australian Women Cricketer Salaries:
Cricket Australia announced an overhaul in women cricket pay structure both on national and international level. All centrally contracted internatinal women players will now be paid AU$50,150 a year in retainer fee plus the usual match fee of AU$1,200 for test, $700 for ODI and T20. While women players in domestic cricket league will get a $7000 retainer fee plus the another $3000 to $10,000 if they are awarded Women Big Bash contracts. So a top women player in Australia can notch up around $85,000 a year.
No of Central Contracted Players: 18
Yearly Retainer Fee: AU$50,000
Match Fee: AU$ 1200 for test and AU$700 for every T20 and ODI.
All players who has contracts in Women’s National Cricket League (50-over domestic Australian competition) will get AU$7000 retainer fee for a season plus another AU$3000 to AU$10,000 if they are selected in the women T20 big bash league.
Indian Women Cricket Salaries:
BCCI has followed the footsteps of Australia and England cricket boards by finally awarding central contracts to national women team players. BCCI awarded central contracts to 11 international women players who are divided into two categories. 4 top players are kept in grade A while 7 others are awarded grade B contracts. This is how they will be paid according to two categories.
Grade A: 4 women cricketers will get Rs. 15 lakh per year salary (around $22,500).
Grade B: 7 women crickets will get Rs. 10 lakh per year salary (around $15,000).
Pakistan Women Cricket Salaries:
PCB also announced central contracts for 21 international women players. The new contracts came into play from 1st January 2016 for a 12 month period. 21 women cricketers are placed into four categories and this is how they will be paid with their new central contracts.
Category A: Rs 100,000 per month (around $1000)
Category B: Rs 80,000 per month (around $800)
Category C: Rs 60,000 per month (around $600)
Category D: Rs 40,000 per month (around $400)
All other cricketing nations are currently paying women crickets on match to match basis. But looking at the trend it won’t be long before international women crickets will get central contracts everywhere in top test playing nations.