Australian cricket team is known for setting new standards and benchmarks for the rest of the world. Whether it is about bringing the coloured clothing in use or using the technology to benefit decision making in the game, Australia has been a pioneer.
Taking a leaf out of their history, they have again taken a revolutionary decision to give 125% pay hike to the women cricketers in the country.
Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket Association were at loggerheads over the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). CA had postponed the talks with ACA last year citing the busy cricket season.
On Tuesday, finally, CA offered a five-year contract to the players, offering a 125 percent hike in the salaries.
CA CEO James Sutherland said that they are happy that they could bring such a reform in the system. He said, “We are pleased that the Australian Cricketers Association agrees with us that women, for the first time, should be part of the MOU, and we have proposed a financial model that has gender equity at its heart.” He further said, “Under the proposal, women will receive an immediate average pay increase of more than 125 percent. As a result, our international women cricketers will see their average pay increase from $79,000 to $179,000, as of July 1 this year. By 2021, we expect to see our international women cricketers earning an average of $210,000.”
One has to agree that this move by Cricket Australia will go down as a breakthrough step in the promotion of women in sports. Australia is a land where sports is appreciated and is an integral part of the education system. Such a move will only boost the women in the country to take sports.
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