England women’s match fees increased to equal men’s by England
According to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report, discrimination is widespread in English and Welsh cricket.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said women were paid 25% of men’s fees for white-ball matches and 15% for Test matches.
Heather Knight, England’s captain, called the change “fantastic”.
The change does not affect the wider salaries of England players from the ECB, since match fees are paid for every appearance.
According to the ICEC report, which highlighted racism, sexism, classism and elitism, the average salary for England women is 20.6% of that for England men, whereas the allowance for England women’s captains is 31% of that for men’s captains.
A more equal game begins with standardizing match fees, according to ECB chief executive Richard Gould. It is what society wants. To achieve that, we must ensure that the market also recognizes the value of men’s and women’s cricket.”
Increasing men’s match fees has been proposed to prevent England players from signing contracts with global franchise leagues.
Gould said there are no plans to increase the women’s fee again if the amount awarded to their male counterparts increases.
“This is the latest stage and people can see the intent of what we are doing,” he said.
There are no plans to increase the specific match fees for men, but there will be other ways, such as central contracts.
“I would never restrict our movement in order to retain talent.
This is a significant investment in the women’s game, and we will continue to do so.
By hook or by crook, we will retain all of our best talent – men and women alike.