According to Secretary Jay Shah’s Thursday announcement of a “pay equity policy,” India’s female cricket players will be paid the same match fee as their male colleagues.
The recently enacted scheme stipulates that Indian women’s cricket players would henceforth be paid equally to their male counterparts: Rs 15 lakh for each Test, Rs 6 lakh for each ODI, and Rs 3 million for each T20I.
Shah tweeted, “I’m happy to announce BCCI’s first move towards eliminating prejudice. We are implementing our BCCI Women’s Cricketers’ Pay Fairness Policy as per our contract. The match cost for male and female cricketers will be the same as we move into a new age of gender equality in the sport.
The BCCI announced earlier this year that the five-club women’s Indian Premier League would begin play in March of the next year.
“This decision is historic for Indian women’s cricket! We are ushering in a new era for women’s cricket in India with the pay equity policy and the Women Indian Premier League (WIPL) next year,” former India women’s team captain Mithali Raj remarked on Twitter.