Indian Cricket Players Salary 2022: Central Contract

In a historic decision that was applauded by players even as they wait for other steps to level the playing field, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Thursday that India’s women cricketers will get the same international match money as their male counterparts.

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The move is noteworthy because the richest cricket organization in the world will finally walk the word on wage equality, according to experts. The BCCI will also overtake New Zealand Cricket, which declared in July that it will pay its male and female players equally for matches, as the second cricket organization to do so.

Jay Shah: the secretary of the BCCI

Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, tweeted that female cricketers would get Rs.15 lakh for a test match and Rs.6 lakh for a one-day match, much like their male counterparts.

As with their male counterparts, women cricketers would get Rs.15 lakh for a test match; Rs.6 lakh for an ODI; and Rs.3 lakh for a T-20 international match, according to a tweet from BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Thursday. These salaries are greater than the present ODI or T20I appearance fees of Rs 1 lakh and the test match fees of Rs.4 lakh received by India’s female players.

Former India cricket captain and member of the BCCI Apex Council Shantha Rangaswamy claimed that the move toward wage parity will result in an annual outflow for the cricket organization of Rs.10 crore.

“The BCCI has undoubtedly taken a huge step. This will absolutely boost the confidence of women who serve as national player.”

This would undoubtedly boost the spirits of the female national team players. However, it would have been beneficial if domestic women’s cricketers had also been given the same pay consideration as their male counterparts. Additionally, the BCCI has not yet addressed the issue of the pay difference between male and female cricketers in central contracts, according to Rangaswamy.

For men’s cricket player:

A grade A+ (the highest bracket) male cricket player receives an annual income of Rs.7 crore; while those in grades A, B, and C earn Rs 5 crore, Rs.3 crore, and Rs.1 crore, respectively; according to the BCCI compensation list.

For women’s cricket player:

There are three pay tiers for women who play cricket; with Grade A receiving the highest salary of Rs 50 lakh. There are three pay tiers for women who play cricket, with Grade A receiving the highest salary of Rs 50 lakh. Cricketers in Grades B and C make Rs 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, respectively.

The pay difference is glaringly different lower down the list. For instance, a senior domestic female cricketer is entitled to a match fee of Rs 20,000; which is equivalent to the match fees of a domestic male player under the age of 19.

According to Rangaswamy, this amount used to be Rs12, 500 every match.

The BCCI has made significant progress:

The BCCI has made significant progress toward tackling wage inequality; but more women’s cricket matches need to be scheduled, according to sports expert Ayaz Memon.

“Cricketers who are women end up playing fewer games than men do. As a result, their wages are smaller. The good news is that women’s cricket is becoming more popular across the nation. The dynamics of women’s cricket in the nation will change with the addition of a women’s Indian Premier League, according to Memon.

Currently, the BCCI has declared a five-team women’s IPL that will take place on March 1 following the conclusion of the women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa on February 26.

The BCCI’s suggested schedule calls for a total of 22 matches during the one-month tournament; which will take place in March 2023. Each squad will consist of 18 players, with a maximum of six from abroad.

According to BCCI authorities, tenders for the tournament’s broadcaster and franchise owners would be released later this year.

Leading female cricketers:

Leading female cricketers, including Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Jhulan Goswami; praised the BCCI on Thursday for its efforts to increase wage equity. The national team has regularly appeared in the finals of significant competitions since the Raj-led Indian women’s team placed second in the ICC Women’s World Cup, winning the majority of them.

They won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in August. The Indian women’s cricket team defeated England 3-0 in the ODI series to win it in September. India also won the Asia Women’s Cup for the seventh time at the beginning of October.