New Zealand Cricket Announce Equal Pay for Men and Women Cricketers
New Zealand cricket is about to enter a new era, better known as world cricket. New Zealand Cricket NZC has announced that it will pay the same amount of match fee to men and women cricketers as the first cricketing nation.
Under the agreement between the New Zealand Cricket Players Association and the country’s cricket board and six major associations, cricketers from both the men’s and women’s teams will now receive the same amount of match fees.
Under the new agreement, the match fee for international ODIs is 4,000 New Zealand dollars, the fee for T20 matches is 2500 New Zealand dollars and the fee for Test matches is 10250 dollars. It will remain the same for both women and men teams.
Not only in international cricket but also in domestic cricket, Kiwi girls will earn the same as men. In New Zealand domestic cricket, the match fee for the Ford Trophy and Haley Burton Johnston Shield is $600. New Zealand men’s and women’s cricketers match fee $1,850 in the Super Smash and $1,650 in the Plunkett Shield match.
Not only men’s match fees but also the number of contracted women cricketers has been increased. From now on, 72 women cricketers will sign contracts with the board instead of 54. However, despite the match fee being equal, the income of male cricketers in New Zealand is higher than that of female cricketers. This is because of the number of matches. Male cricketers play far more matches than women so their income is higher.
“Translated, this means the highest-ranked White Fern would be able to receive a maximum of NZD 163,246 a year (up from NZD 83,432), the ninth-ranked, NZD 148,946 (NZD 66,266), and the 17th-ranked NZD 142,346 (NZD 62,833),” said NZC.
“The top-ranked women’s domestic players in each Major Association would be able to receive a maximum of NZD 19,146 (up from NZD 3,423), the sixth-ranked NZD 18,646 (NZD 3,423), and the 12th-ranked NZD 18,146 (NZD 3,423).”
New Zealand men’s captain Kane Williamson said the new contract was “very important” at the moment. “It’s really important for current players to build on the legacy of those who have gone before us and to support both men and women at all levels. This agreement will go a long way towards achieving this,” he said.
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