In a historic move by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), India’s cricket governing body on Thursday announced an equal match fee for both men’s and women’s cricketers of India.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur took to social media to express happiness at the move, calling it a “red letter day for women’s cricket in India.
“Truly a red-letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you @BCCIand @JayShah,” tweeted Harmanpreet Kaur.
Truly a red letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you @BCCI and @JayShah
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) 1666857127000
Legendary Indian batter and former batter Mithali Raj also lauded BCCI for the move, saying that with this move and the Women’s IPL next year, the country is stepping into a new era of women’s cricket.
“This is a historic decision for women’s cricket in India! The pay equity policy along with the WIPL next year, we are ushering into a new era for women’s cricket in India. Thank you @JayShah Sir & the @BCCI for making this happen. Really happy today,” tweeted Mithali.
This is a historic decision for women’s cricket in India! The pay equity policy along with the WIPL next year, we a… https://t.co/8g4Q7rMilQ
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 1666855448000
Former Indian pace great Jhulan Goswami also lauded the move by tweeting, “Great initiative from @BCCIand @JayShah sir for the upliftment of women’s cricket. This will motivate young girls in taking cricket as a career. It’s also an imp. step in creating gender equality in society & hopefully other sports will follow BCCI’s footsteps. @BCCIWomen.”
Great initiative from @BCCI and @JayShah sir for the upliftment of women’s cricket. This will motivate young girls… https://t.co/2syTkCZnZA
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) 1666862642000
Former Indian skipper Anjum Chopra also appreciated the initiative by the BCCI.
“Massive news this! well done @BCCI @JayShah,” tweeted Anjum.
Massive news this! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 well done @BCCI @JayShah https://t.co/gBa2gfiioA
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) 1666855620000
Star Indian opener Smriti Mandhana also expressed her happiness at the move.
“What amazing news for Women’s cricket in India,” she tweeted.
What amazing news for Women’s cricket in India 👏👏 https://t.co/Mn4shzF05r
— Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti) 1666861199000
Other current Indian players like Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia also thanked BCCI for the move.
“Thankyou so much @BCCIWomen @JayShah,” tweeted Rana.
Thankyou so much 🙏🏻 @BCCIWomen @JayShah https://t.co/O1AogiuRUy
— Sneh Rana (@SnehRana15) 1666857418000
“Thank you @JayShah sir and @BCCIWomen,” added Yastika in a tweet.
Thank you @JayShah sir and @BCCIWomen https://t.co/kC8SCDXgtk
— Yastika Bhatia (@YastikaBhatia) 1666857518000
Some men’s cricketers lauded the BCCI for this crucial move for gender equality.
Indian middle-order veteran Cheteshwar Pujara tweeted, “A great step from the @BCCI towards uplifting women’s cricket in India and setting an example for the world to follow.”
A great step from the @BCCI towards uplifting women’s cricket in India and setting an example for the world to foll… https://t.co/x9bEeVKGcz
— Cheteshwar Pujara (@cheteshwar1) 1666859880000
Former Indian spin great Harbhajan Singh extended his congratulations to BCCI by tweeting, “Happy to know that @BCCI has taken the decision of pay equity policy for sportspersons in cricket. BCCI has set a standard for other sports bodies. It will encourage greater participation of women in the game. A historic milestone indeed! @iRogerBinny @JayShah.”
Happy to know that @BCCI has taken the decision of pay equity policy for sportspersons in cricket. BCCI has set a s… https://t.co/8nobiDG6i0
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1666855975000
Former Indian spinner Amit Mishra also tweeted, “A welcome decision indeed. Proud that our country did it first. This should be followed by every sports organisation across the globe. Great work @bcci @jayshah ji.”
A welcome decision indeed. Proud that our country did it first. This should be followed by every sport organisation… https://t.co/3RYK2wqfiV
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) 1666857253000
BCCI secretary Jay Shah took to his official Twitter handle to announce the historical development.
“I’m pleased to announce BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing a pay equity policy for our contracted women cricketers. The match fee for both Men and Women Cricketers will be the same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Indian Cricket,” Shah tweeted.
I’m pleased to announce @BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing pay equity policy f… https://t.co/Zo2uzoNqN4
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1666854142000
BCCI secretary Shah also highlighted the new fees for the contracted players and stressed that the Indian Women’s cricket team would earn the same match fees as their male counterparts.
“The @BCCIWomen cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. Test (INR 15 lakhs), ODI (INR 6 lakhs), T20I (INR 3 lakhs). Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support. Jai Hind,” he added in another tweet.