New Zealand male and female cricketers signs historic five-year equal pay deal

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New Zealand male and female cricketers signs historic five-year equal pay deal

New Zealand Cricket and the players’ organization signed a five-year agreement on Tuesday stating that male and female cricketers will now earn equal pay. According to the agreement, women’s players will be paid the same match fees as men in all forms and events at both the domestic and international levels.

“I want to thank and congratulate the players and the Major Associations for their part in reaching such a significant agreement,” David White, the NZC chief executive, said.

“This is the most important agreement in our sport, as it binds NZC, the Major Associations, and our players at the hip, and sets the foundation to fund, grow and develop cricket. It’s been a collaborative yet very robust negotiation. Importantly, it represents a significant step forward as we continue to grow our investment in women’s cricket.”

Limited-over international matches for men and women have match fees of NZ$4000 for ODIs and NZ$2500 for T20Is. A player would receive $575 for playing domestic limited-overs games. A player in the men’s game would make NZ$10,250 for a Test match and NZ$1750 for a Plunket Shield match.

The highest-ranked New Zealand women’s player will now make NZ$163,246 per year (up from $83,432), followed by the ninth-ranked woman at NZ$148,946 ($66,266) and the 17th-ranked woman at NZ$142,346 ($62,833). The top-ranked women’s domestic players in each Major Association would be entitled to collect a maximum of $19,146 (up from $3,423), followed by the sixth- and twelfth-ranked players collecting $18,646 ($3,423) and $18,146 ($3,423) in domestic cricket.

“It’s great for the international and domestic women players to be recognized in the same agreement, alongside the men. It’s a massive step forward and will be a huge draw-card for young women and girls,” New Zealand captain Sophie Devine said on Tuesday (July 5).

Meanwhile, the players signing retainers contracts in Men’s Cricket will get a higher pay; the highest-ranked international player will earn a maximum of NZ$523,396 (previously – $459,574), the tenth-ranked: NZ$444,196 (previously – $377,981), and the 20th-ranked: NZ$367,196 (previously – $305,453). In domestic cricket, players will earn in the range of NZ$75,207 and NZ$102,707.

“I want to thank and congratulate the players and the Major Associations for their part in reaching such a significant agreement,” David White, the NZC chief executive, said.

“This is the most important agreement in our sport, as it binds NZC, the Major Associations, and our players at the hip, and sets the foundation to fund, grow and develop cricket. It’s been a collaborative yet very robust negotiation. Importantly, it represents a significant step forward as we continue to grow our investment in women’s cricket,” White added to his statement.

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