New compensation package for women cricketers
Women's cricketers on retainer from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will see an increase in their pay package as of October 1. The number of women on retainer will also move from 11 to 15.
An agreement between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will see increases in annual retainer fees, sponsorship payments, match fees and captains' allowances. The estimated increase will cost the WICB just under US$600,000 for the upcoming year. The new compensation package will benefit an unlimited number of non-retained players.
Captain, Stafanie Taylor appreciates the increase. She notes that "I believe we are stepping in the right direction. England and Australia are the two top teams where Women's cricket is concerned and I think we can mirror what they are doing and get on their level. It's good that the retainers and match fees have been increased and the girls love it. We hope that, as time goes by, more things will be improved."
Former captain, Merissa Aguilleira is also happy. "I am really pleased and thankful about the increase. We have been working hard as a team with huge success. I strongly believe that an increase like this will only encourage us to work harder and continue representing the people of the Caribbean to the best of our abilities."
WICB's CEO says "we are hoping this new package will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, but will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket."
WIPA President and CEO, Wavell Hinds also thinks "our women senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade, as such, the improvement and security in their compensation package is well deserved. We wish the team well for their upcoming home assignment."