The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is known to be the richest cricketing body in the world. Year after year its reputation and infrastructure keeps on getting better and better which is the main reason behind the growth of the sport in the country. However, despite having enormous resources at its disposal, the Indian cricket board is often accused of not doing much for the betterment of women’s cricket.
While there has been the Women’s T20 Challenge competition, it largely remains a three-team affair with just a handful of being matches played, nothing in compared to the men’s Indian Premier League which runs close to two months with eight teams competing in the shortest format of the game.
The Board announced the central contracts for the women cricketers on Wednesday after it had already made public the contracts of the men cricketers last month. And netizens couldn’t help but outline the gulf between the wages of the men’s and women’s cricketers- both of whom are playing at the highest level.
Check out some of the tweets:
Indian Men cricketers contract:
A+: 7 Crore
A : 5 Crore
B: 3 Crore
C: 1 Crore
Indian Women cricketers contract:
— Vignesh (@worldofvignesh) May 20, 2021
depends on the revenue they get , mens game genrates the major money for the board , so thats how salaries are divided
— Poojith (@Poojith91227500) May 19, 2021
This is a bitter pill to swallow. This isn't a gap. These wage rates are two different planets.
— Lavanya L Narayanan (@lav_narayanan) May 19, 2021
— Siva Prasath T R (@sivaprasathtr) January 16, 2020
Womens cricket needs support and backing. Paying them respectably is only the first step to fixing these problems.
— mahu's thoughts dot blogspot dot com (@originalmiks) May 19, 2021
28 Men's cricketers have been contracted by the BCCI, who together have a contract worth Rs 96 Crore. On the other hand, 19 Women Cricketers are contracted by the BCCI, have a combined sum of their contracts worth Rs 5.1 Crore. pic.twitter.com/1cEQLJtuw1
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) May 20, 2021
Can't wait for "but we get paid enough and BCCI asked us before making the contracts and we chose this amount" tweets from the women players. 🤓
— Sarah Waris (@swaris16) May 19, 2021
— Swati (@swatibhardu) May 20, 2021