In an exciting development for the game, Cricket West Indies has announced major increases in prize money and bonuses for Men’s and Women’s regional competitions. The prize money is set to total US $2.5 million over a four-year period.
In the Super 50 Cup which is the region’s marquee List A tournament, the winners will receive US $20,000 next year. The amount will increase by a minimum of US $10,000 every year. The runners-up of the tournament will receive half the amount.
An increase in prize money will also be seen in the T20 Blaze tournament, US$10,000 for the winners next year, with further increases annually for the upcoming four years.
The investment by CWI is a great decision and will have long-term benefits for Cricket in the West Indies. Speaking about the investment, CWI President Dr Kishore Shallow said, “The aim is to incentivize our cricketers, which will ultimately result in more intense and competitive cricket. We expect this along with other developmental programs will help to close the gap between international cricket and our regional tournaments.
“These new prize monies represent a significant increase in the reward purse for teams in regional cricket. We firmly believe this will act as a fillip to players’ performances and their pursuit of excellence. This is part of our investment in the game and those who fly the flag on the field.”
Another great sign for women’s cricket in the West Indies is that CWI is finalizing a new 4 year MOU with the West Indies Player Association. This will result in further increases for individual players and will include a major boost to women’s remuneration.
(Quotes sourced from Cricket West Indies media release)
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