Smriti Mandhana Reacts To Huge Pay Gap Between Men & Women Cricketers

Smriti Mandhana Reacts To Huge Pay Gap Between Men & Women’s Cricketers Salaries

Smriti Mandhana, India Women
Smriti Mandhana (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have invited criticism for a huge gap between the salary of men and women’s cricketers but it looks the women cricketers exactly know the reason behind the difference. India’s T20I vice-captain Smriti Mandhana has said that it’s the men’s cricket that generates revenue for BCCI, the reason why women cricketers can’t ask for a hike.

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“We need to understand that the revenue which we get is through men’s cricket. The day women’s cricket starts getting revenue, I will be the first person to say that we need the same thing. But right now, we can’t say that,” she said.

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The women cricketers did not get contracts earlier but the board started handing contracts to them from 2018. Recently, the women cricketers were handed central contracts for the fourth time – they were once handed contracts in 2015 too.

The cricketers in Grade A category will earn Rs 50 Lakh per year while players in B category will be paid Rs 30 Lakh. Players in the next category will be paid Rs 10 Lakh per year.

The 22 women cricketers will earn a total of Rs 5 Crore per year while Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma will each pocket Rs 7 Crore per year. The huge pay gap will surprise many but as Mandhana said, it’s the men’s cricket that generates revenue.

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The women’s cricket wasn’t much-talked-about in India but its popularity skyrocketed after the Indian team made it to the final of 2017 World Cup. They lost to England but created a huge fan base back in the country. In October, a packed stadium welcomed India and South Africa team for the five-match T20I series, which was an indication that the public has started following women’s cricket too.

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Still, the board has much work to do and will have to soon make sure that women cricketers are also paid a handsome amount of money for the efforts that they put in while representing the nation.

A title win in the upcoming T20 World Cup might again see women’s cricket create a revolution in the country.