Quickly after BCCI’s announcement of its girls‘s cricketers’ central contracts for 2021-22 season, a debate over the board’s pay disparity with males‘s cricketers has been raging.
Decreasing the pay hole between female and male cricketers is a subject that has been in debate for a very long time. Cricket stays a sport pushed by male gamers with boards the world over producing a lot of the income by means of their respective males‘s cricket groups. But, there’s an argument that the ladies‘s groups needs to be paid higher in order that increasingly females might be inspired to take up the game.
On Wednesday, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced central contracts for its girls‘s cricketers, with the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav being positioned within the prime bracket (A), incomes Rs. 50 lakh every. The opposite classes, B and C, see gamers incomes Rs. 30 lakh and 10 lakh every respectively.
When in comparison with the lads‘s cricketers’ salaries, the hole seems to be big. Opposite to the ladies‘s groups‘ three classes, the lads‘s central contracts are divided into 4 sections (A+, A, B and C).
The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah had been positioned within the prime bracket for the 2020-21 season, incomes Rs. 7 crores every. The salaries for the next packages are Rs. 5 crores, Rs. three crores and Rs. 1 crore every for Grade A, B and C respectively.
Smriti Mandhana on pay disparity
The sentiment amongst lots of people, usually, might be in favour of girls cricketers deserving higher salaries by the BCCI however Smriti Mandhana, one of many Indian girls‘s staff‘s largest stars, had spoken of the precise reverse final yr.
Smriti asserted that since a lot of the income within the sport comes from males‘s cricketers, it’s unfair for the ladies cricketers to be demanding related salaries.
“We have to perceive that the income which we get is thru males‘s cricket. The day girls‘s cricket begins getting income, I would be the first individual to say that we want the identical factor. However proper now, we won’t say that,” she had instructed the reporters on the launch of a variety of footwear final yr in January.
“I do not assume any of the teammates are fascinated about this hole as a result of the one focus proper now could be to win matches for India, get the gang coming in, get the income. That’s the factor which we’re aiming for and if that occurs, all different issues are going to fall in place,” she stated.
“And for that, we have to carry out. It’s unfair on our half to say that we want identical pay, it isn’t proper. So I do not assume I wish to touch upon that hole,” she added.
Girls‘s cricket has grown leaps and bounds over the previous few years, particularly in India. Whether or not the ladies‘s gamers‘ wages needs to be selected the premise of the income they generate or maintaining BCCI’s total earnings in thoughts, is a matter of debate.