Clare Connor, Chairwoman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's Committee, on Thursday, urged ICC’s member countries to increase wages of Women Cricketers to stop them leaving the game of cricket, saying they should follow Cricket Australia’s latest pay hike policy.
According to a report in AFP, Clare Connor said in a Telephonic interview, “We are all going to think very seriously of how well our players are remunerated. Because if we don't look after them they will go and choose other sports or other professions and that will be a tragedy.”
The 2017 ICC Women's World Cup won by England was hailed as a breakthrough for the women's game, with full stadiums and high TV ratings around the world, and Connor believes that the higher pay will be a key area for women's cricket to increase its commercial opportunities.
Cricket Australia has increased payments of their Women Cricketers from $7.5 million to $55.2 million. Although, BCCI has also promised a salary hike, but there is no announcement about this yet.
Connor concluded by saying, “Obviously the men get in significant commercial revenues to the game. We are just starting out on our journey; hence there is a lot of discrepancy or difference how players are paid in various corners of the globe. They (Australia) are certainly setting the bar very high and this is a key issue for lots of countries. It is amazing that international women can earn that sort of money. (India) have got a team that has captured the imagination and they have obviously got a huge number of girls that could be attracted to the game as a result.”
According to surveys by the ICC, the popularity of the Women’s game has been increased as well as media coverage.