Taylor bats for Dottin
West Indies Women's Twenty20 captain, Jamaica's Stafanie Taylor, has indicated that she understands the concerns of teammate Deandra Dottin, who recently complained about the disparity in pay between male and female players.
Captain Taylor was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent performance which helped the regional team to win their first title at the recent International Cricket Council's (ICC) Twenty20 tournament.
Following their emphatic defeat of former champions Australia, Taylor and all-rounder Dottin were named in the ICC Select World T20 team of the tournament.
Dottin, a Barbadian, has since spoken out against the "terrible disparity in pay between women and men in regional cricket."
According to Dottin, it may force her to take up alternative employment if the situation is not addressed
Meanwhile, Taylor, who was present at Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association Prep School Cricket competition launch at the Lucas Cricket Club in Kingston, yesterday, said she understood her colleague's concerns.
"It's something we have become accustomed to. You definitely want to know that when you reach a certain age you can see that you are getting something from cricket," Taylor said.
"I hope that with this win, there is more to come in the future," she added, while admitting the journey is much harder for female cricketers than their male counterparts.
West Indies men pocketed US$1.6 million in prize money for beating England in the final of the tournament, while the women shared just US$100,000 after defeating Australia.
Dottin and Taylor are two of 11 West Indies cricketers with West Indies Cricket Board retainer contracts which range from US$1,500 to US$3,000 per month, while the men's contracts are worth from approximately US$100,000 up to US$150,000.
"I hope that this will be the stepping stone for female cricket, with us winning for the first time," said a hopeful Taylor.