The Australian women’s cricket team has been dominating the world of women’s cricket for quite a long time and the credit for their success goes to the strong domestic system and structure that they have in place. In view of the latest development in Australian domestic cricket, on May 12, it was announced that Cricket Australia (CA) will expand the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), a 50-over domestic tournament, to a full-fledged home and away season. This development comes under the new 12-month Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
As per the MoU, WNCL will see a 12-game full home and away schedule from next summer instead of the eight-game schedule that has been in practice. The additional games will offer an additional AUD 7,000 on an average in match payments.
Nick Hockley, CEO of CA and Todd Greenberg, CEO of ACA have been working hard together for close to 12 months for this development. Hockley said, “Our female players are superb role models and as we continue to focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in cricket, a full home and away WNCL season is a logical step. This is an excellent result for Australian cricket and I look forward to working with Todd and the Players’ Association for the next long-term MoU. We thank all the players for their enormous efforts in such a demanding time. To think that we managed to play every international game and the vast majority of domestic fixtures last season and enjoyed one of the most successful periods in our history is an extraordinary achievement from all involved.”
As per the MoU, the WNCL will be expanded by four rounds alongside the 14-game Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) season. The domestic women cricketers of Australia featuring in WNCL and WBBL will earn a base salary of AUD 86,000.
Apart from this, the other talking point has been the revenue sharing model. Players will continue to receive 27.5 percent of all revenue earned by CA. Players will also be rewarded another 2.5 percent for on-field efforts.
The quotes are sourced from Cricket Australia
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