Internet Points Out Gender Pay Gap As BCCI Announces Annual Salary For Women cricketers

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are in the top bracket earning Rs 7 crore while Captian of the women's side Harmanpreet Kaur will only earn Rs 50 lakh annually.

Ria Das
May 20, 2021 10:18 IST
Women Cricketers salary
Women cricketers salary structure puts BCCI under scanner: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is facing a backlash over the gender pay disparity between male and female cricketers after it announced the annual salary structure for the Indian Women’s cricket team . Many people have pointed out to feel the glaring difference between the paying structures for male and female athletes even though women have been winning matches and putting in equal effort into the game.

BCCI annual contracts for India women 2020-21: Full list

Grade A: Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav

Grade B: Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues


Grade C: Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Priya Punia, Richa Ghosh.


ALERT🚨: BCCI announces annual player retainership 2020-21 - #TeamIndia (Senior Men) for the period from October 2020 to September 2021. 

Payment structure:

Grade A+ : INR 7 Cr

Grade A : INR 5 Cr

Grade B : INR 3 Cr

Grade C : INR 1 Cr

— BCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2021 annual contracts for the players have been divided into three categories. While Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav are the only three players in the top bracket Grade A, earning Rs 50 lakh each, teenage sensation Shafali Verma, who earned her maiden annual contract last year, has been promoted to Grade B (Rs 30 lakh) from Grade C (Rs 10 lakh). B category includes senior players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami among others who will earn a mere Rs 30 lakh.

In April, the BCCI had announced a similar salary structure for the men’s cricket team in India it is being pointed out that Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were in the top bracket worth Rs 7 crore. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur, the cricketer who serves as the captain of the India Women's team in T20Is, will only earn Rs 50 lakh per annum.

Comparing the two contracts, a Twitter user pointed out, "Only 50L ??? They deserve much better," tagging BCCI and notifying them that this paves the way for gender inequality.

Another user wrote, "They can pay for the hotel quarantine of Aus cricketers but can't pay the women enough. Lol. Make that make sense. Stop saying not enough revenue, boards poorer than ours pay their women cricketers better."

Another person noted that women cricketers should be paid more as they are proving their worth by reaching ODI finals, T20 finals and are continuously putting in more efforts. "BCCI should consider the change," he wrote on Twitter.

Another user mentioned that paying their male counterparts more is not a respectful remuneration. Request @KirenRijiju to look into this matter. Such a low salary amounts to gender bias, nothing else," he concluded.

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