Cricket Australia Announces $1.2 Million Dollar increase in retainers for female cricketers

Following the success of Women in cricket, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) have taken a great step to significantly increase player payments for Australia’s female domestic cricketers for the domestic season 2021-22 which begins on 14th October with Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

 

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As per this agreement, there is a $1.2 million dollar increase in retainers ($800,000 for Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and $400,000 for the Weber Women Big Bash League (WBBL)) which means that the contracted players in the WNCL will receive a 22% increase in base salary payments while those with WBBL contracts will see an increase of 14%.

The step is a well-appreciated one in order to promote Women’s cricket and also to improve the good side of the result.

On this impressive step, in a report by auscricket.com.au, Australia’s captain Meg Lanning said, “The success and prominence of women’s cricket in Australia have not happened by accident. Cricket has shown that when you properly invest in female sport, the results follow and everyone benefits – the game, the fans, and the players, Because of the success of the game over the past few years, in which women’s domestic cricket has played a crucial role, the ACA has worked with Cricket Australia to ensure this is reflected in an increase in player payments across both the WNCL and WBBL. This is further supported by a number of additional programs funded by the ACA to support our domestic players as they successfully transition to a more professional environment.”

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The additional funding agreed earlier by both comprises of including $320,000 for players’ wellbeing support programs and $250,000 for players to bring their partners during a tour when they are away from home for a long period of time.

CEO of Australian Cricketers’ Associaton, Todd Greenberg shared that this investment would drive professionalism, especially at the domestic level. He said, “Investment in women’s cricket is fundamental to the growth of the game overall, and we see this as part of an ongoing strategy of continuing to raise the bar for others to follow. Cricket continues to lead other sports in Australia, and indeed internationally – and this is large because of the continued investment in the game that drives professionalism.”

It is great to see that Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) are working towards the development of women’s cricket in the country and this is one of the reasons behind Australia being Women cricket’s one of the most successful teams.

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