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Contract restructure for female cricketers

UPDATED 21 May, 2013 7:00PM AEDT | by Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia (CA) today announced a restructuring of the contracting system for women’s international and state cricket which will result in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars becoming some of the best paid female athletes in the country.

The CA Board has approved a restructure of the contract system with a move from a three-tier payment retainer system to a squad ranking system. The top player retainer increases substantially from current $15,000 to $52,000 and the minimum retainer increases from current $5,000 to $25,000.

The player tour payments also increase from $100 to $250 per day. With 85 tour days within the next year, players have the potential to earn more than $20,000 in tour payment earnings on top of their contract retainer payments.

New payment structure:

 

Minimum

Maximum

Daily tour payment

New system

$25,000

$52,000

$250p/d

Old system

$5,000

$15,000

$100p/d

With the restructuring of the contract system, Australia’s top female cricketers have the potential to earn approximately $70,000 - $80,000 in the next 12 months.

CA will continue to encourage players to pursue study and work commitments outside of cricket, with the retainers assisting players who are required to take time off work to tour with the national team, however they will have increased game development and promotional commitments as part of their new contracts as CA looks to continue to be a sport of choice for young girls.

Additionally, CA will provide each state and the ACT with $100,000 a year to help fund minimum standards for female cricketers contracted to play in our national competitions.

Commenting on the announcement, CA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Sutherland said the announcement was another great step forward for the women’s game.

“The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars devote a huge amount of time and energy into being the number one team in the world in all formats and we feel that this is a landmark step in recognising their commitment and contribution to cricket as Australia’s favourite sport,” Mr Sutherland said.

“The recent success of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars has led to unprecedented media coverage and recognition, as well as playing a significant role in driving an increase in female cricket participation by 18% in the last 12 months taking us to 180,000 female participants.

“We are still working towards the day when Australia's female cricketers will be able to earn a full-time, professional living from cricket. But the performances of our female stars justify this step and the day will come when future, full-time professional female cricketers will look back and thank those who went before them.

“It’s an exciting time for Australian cricket. Four of the last seven years have seen record crowds at cricket played in Australia, average TV audiences for cricket rate higher than any other sport and we have 950,000 participants, the highest participants of any Australian sport.

“In the past seven days we’ve signed two of the biggest sponsorships in Australian sports for our men’s home Test and ODI teams and series and research shows that more Australians are fanatical about cricket than they are fanatical about any other sport in the country.

“In the coming weeks we’ll also finalise our new broadcast rights agreement which will enable Australia cricket to further develop the sport,” Sutherland said.

The full Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad will continue to work closely with CA’s Game and Market Development team to fulfil an increased number of appearances in the community.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 21 May, 2013 12:45PM AEDT

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