NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand Cricket announced a groundbreaking agreement on Tuesday to see players receive the same match fees for men and women.
New Zealand Cricket and the players’ union agreed to a five-year contract. Women’s international and domestic players will be paid the same match fees as men across all formats and competitions under the agreement.
The agreement, which takes effect on August 1, will provide professional women’s players with equity in travel, lodging, and the overall playing and training environment.
“This is the most vital agreement in our sport because it binds NZC, the major associations, and our players together and lays the groundwork to fund, grow, and develop cricket,” NZC Chief Executive David White said. “It’s been a collaborative but tough negotiation.” It is also an important step forward as we continue to increase our investment in women’s cricket.”
The agreement will increase the number of domestic contracts for women from 54 to 72. At the same time, men will earn higher retainers because of the greater number of matches played, formats contested, and time spent during training and playing.
“It’s fantastic for international and domestic female players to be recognised in the same agreement as the men,” White Ferns captain Sophie Devine said. “It’s a huge step forward and a huge draw for young women and girls.”
Despite having the exact match fees as women at the T20I, ODI, Ford Trophy, and Dream11 Super Smash levels, men’s players in New Zealand will earn higher retainers based on the increase in the number of matches played, formats contested, and time spent training and playing. They will still be able to play in overseas leagues such as the IPL.
Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson described the current state of the sport as “exciting.” “It’s critical because today’s players carry the legacy of those who came before us and supported upcoming players, both men and women, at all levels.” This agreement contributes significantly to that goal.”
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