If a proposal by BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry gets approved, then Test specialists and domestic women cricket players will have a major cash hike. The proposal was made at the board’s financial committee meeting on Friday (Oct 7). This will benefit women cricketers and Test stars who are not playing in the IPL.

According to a BCCI official, senior men (players in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy) and women cricketers can expect a cash boost of Rs 25,000 in daily match fee and Rs 12,500 per day respectively. Their payments have been raised from Rs 10,000 and Rs 3,500 respectively

The committee is geared up to make some structural changes to the new revenue distribution model and review it to make it a bigger deal. Then the updated model would be sent to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

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The Indian women’s cricket team gave a stellar performance against England at Lord’s earlier this year. The game has put women players in the frontline. Though gender equality in the sport is a widely discussed topic these days, the latest proposal only talks about hike in the annual retainership fees for women cricketers.

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Rs 50 lakh each is proposed for the four players in Grade A, Rs 30 lakh each for the six players in Grade B and Rs 15 lakh for the 10 players in Grade C. Currently, the women get Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh each in two categories.

Sources mentioned that the main aim of this proposal was to rectify the financial imbalance created by IPL auctions.

While it’s excellent news to have their pay doubled, the question why there’s a pay gap between men and women cricketers still remains unanswered.

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