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New Zealand men and women cricketers sign five-year equal pay deal

The deal is set to be implemented from August 1.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 5 July 2022 1:43 pm

New Zealand

In a historic agreement in world cricket, New Zealand’s women’s and men’s cricketers are set to receive equal pay for the same work on the same day. The NZC, the six Major Associations, and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have agreed on this historic judgement. 

All the associations have penned a five-year deal, which is a first as the men’s and women’s professional environments are bound in one agreement. The deal is set to start on 1 August. There will also lead to increased funding for NZCPA’s support services and equity in areas such as travel and accommodation.

NZC Chief Executive David White talked about how this decision will play a huge role in the growth of the sport. He said, “This is the most important agreement in our sport, as it binds NZC, the major associations, and our players at the hip, and sets the foundation to fund, grow and develop cricket. It’s been a collaborative yet very robust negotiation. Importantly, it represents a significant step forward as we continue to grow our investment in women’s cricket.”

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine has praised the board for this agreement and talked about how this will bring a lot more youngsters towards the score. She said, “It’s great for the international and domestic women players to be recognised in the same agreement, alongside the men. It’s a massive step forward and will be a huge drawcard for young women and girls.”

Similarly, Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson addressed how this is an exciting time for the sport. “It’s really important for the current players to build on the legacy of those who have gone before us, and to support tomorrow’s players, both men and women, at all levels. This agreement goes a long way towards achieving that.”

As per the new agreement, the match fees across formats played by both the men and women internationally are NZ$4000 for ODIs and NZ$2500 for T20Is. Whereas on the domestic level Ford Trophy/Hallyburton Johnstone Shield is NZ$800, Super Smash NZ$575. While, In the men’s game, a Test match fee is NZ$10,250 and for the Plunket Shield NZ$1750.

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