WACA Welcomes Equal Pay For Female Cricketers
21 March 2017  

The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) welcomes today’s landmark offer by Cricket Australia to players, which will ensure the sport is a viable professional career option for women, while its men remain among the country’s highest paid athletes in the country.

As part of the proposal with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, women would receive an immediate increase in the average pay of international cricketers from $79,000 to $179,000 as of July 1 2017, with an aim of reaching $210,000 by 2021. 

WNCL and WBBL female cricketers’ average remuneration would more than double from $22,000 to $52,000 this year.

The pay increase would also extend to male cricketers, with Australian representatives’ average yearly retainer set to increase to $816,000 by 2021-22, with match fees and performance bonuses making the average income for these players (including BBL payments) $1.45m by 2021-22 – an increase from $1.16m in 2016-17.

Domestic male cricketers, which includes BBL, will also earn an average of $235,000 by 2021-22, up from $199,000 in 2016-17.

The announcement will also see Australian cricket address the underinvestment in grassroots over the next five years, with all players able to access appearance payments to develop the game for the first time. 

WACA CEO Christina Matthews said the ground-breaking announcement placed cricket at the forefront for pay equity amongst its female and male elite athletes.

"I am extremely proud of the progress cricket has made in not only delivering equal pay for female cricketers, but also demonstrating the importance of investing more in the development of the game for all at grassroots level,” Ms Matthews said.

"For the first time, both the men and women who represent WA in our great game will do so as full-time cricketers.

"Cricket can now compete with other sports, ensuring our top female athletes continue to play the sport they are most passionate about without wages being an issue.

"The announcement will ensure we have a strong pathway for women, which has never been an option before.  

"We look forward to seeing the positive impact this announcement will no doubt have on participation amongst young girls at the grassroots level.”