BCCI announced central contracts for the Indian Women’s Cricket team. Why the pay-parity?

BCCI on Thursday 16th January 2019, announced central contracts for the Indian Women’s Cricket team.

So the annual grade contracts for the year 2019 -20 are out from the BCCI for both men & women and to be honest, every-one is keeping a close eye on the pay parity between both the male & female cricketers.

Annual Central Contracts for female cricketers
Annual Central Contracts for female cricketers


Now if we look at the Annual contract for men for the year 2019-2020, we see 4 graded sections as compared to the women’s which comprises 3 sections. The men’s section has grades A+, A, B, C while the women section has grades A, B & C.

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Now the difference is huge if we compare both the genders and this creates a big question in the minds of every women cricket fan. Why this difference??

Now if we practically look at the scenario we can understand one thing that Men’s cricket brings in a lot of viewership as compared to women’s. They play a lot of international matches as well. Also in totality men’s cricket is followed more in terms of the mere numbers it generates around the world.

But sometimes it’s disheartening to see empty stands during Women’s International games be it in India or even outside the country which is a complete let down towards the game of cricket and also towards the players who have such immense talent and are out there to showcase it and match up to their male counterparts. Mind you the talent that is coming up in women’s cricket is second to none as far as the hitting abilities go and the kind of efforts that they put on the ground.

But all things kept aside from this pay parity surely raises concern among fans as to how a current set of players playing the same game, for the same nation, following the same rules are being separated so vastly on the basis of this pay grade.

Do you think this huge disparity in pay something that should be brought more into the light? Let us know in the comments:

The latest contracts run from October 2019 to September 2020.

Grade A (Rs 50 lakh): Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav.

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Grade B (Rs 30 lakh): Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma.

Grade C (Rs 10 lakh): Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, D Hemlatha, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Priya Punia, Shafali Verma.