Huge pay increase for Aussies despite loss to Windies
Cricket Australia has announced significant pay increases for the women's team which lost to West Indies Women in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup which wrapped up in India last Sunday.
The governing body has doubled its financial commitment to the women's team, increasing the amount from AUD$2.36 million (US$1.8 million) to AUD$4.23 million and paving the way for some players to make in excess of AUD$100 000 per year.
"Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women's game in the coming years," CA's chief executive, James Sutherland said.
"We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia. We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers' Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers."
CA has increased the maximum retainers from AUD$49, 000 to AUD$65, 000 and the minimum retainers from AUD$19, 000 to AUD$40, 000. The minimum and maximum retainer contract fees for the Women's Big Bash League have been also increased significantly.
Australia Women entered last Sunday's final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as three-time defending champions but were soundly beaten by eight wickets by West Indies Women.
Despite the defeat, Australia Women remained the top-ranked side in the ICC Twenty20 standings on 128 points, five ratings points ahead of England with West Indies women in fifth on 104 points.