Cricket reaffirms its status as the most lucrative team sport for Australian women, with a 66% increase in payments to professional women cricketers.
A major increase in women’s remuneration is a key plank of a new five-year MOU between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) announced today.
Under the agreement, women players will share in $133 million (increased from $80 million in the previous agreement) rewarding members of Australia’s world champion team while significantly increasing the value of WBBL and State contracts.
“There is a commitment by all parties in cricket to grow the game – which is what fundamentally underlines the revenue share agreement. We believe that the outcome from this new deal lays the foundation for that growth," said ACA CEO Todd Greenberg.
“There is enormous capacity for growth right across the women’s game, as well as the BBL, both of which we believe have enormous untapped potential.
“Our men and women will benefit from significant investment into the BBL and WBBL, which will help ensure we have the best players playing – something that is fundamental to the success of any sporting competition.
“Importantly, we have hardwired into the MOU a mechanism that will identify and act on opportunities to further progress the women’s game during the course of the MOU through a Women's Cricket Working Group".
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said the deal clearly offered the best earning opportunities of any team sport for elite Australian athletes.
"I am particularly pleased this MOU represents another major step forward in the rise of women’s cricket, with significant increases in remuneration for the inspirational role models of the world champion Australian Women’s team and the WBBL who are driving substantial growth in female participation," he said.
Highlights of the deal can be found here.
As part of the new deal:
Dual Format Domestic Female Players
Under the deal, domestic players who do not play for Australia, who play both WNCL (50 over) and WBBL (T20) formats can earn on average $151,019 annually (inclusive of match fees).
This makes them on average the highest-paid female players of team sports in Australia by a significant margin.
WBBL Salary Cap Doubling
The substantial increase in women’s earnings extends through to the domestic game with the WBBL salary cap per team doubling to more than $732,000 each year.
The top WBBL players can now earn up to $133,000, (including superannuation).
The average WBBL player retainer will also double from approximately $26,900 to close to $54,200. The minimum WBBL retainer will jump by 30%.
These players are also able to earn additional income in the WPL and The Hundred.
The States (and the ACT) will have the ability to offer two additional contracts, increasing the number available to 16. There will be up to 130 contracts available across the national team and States and Territories and another 120 WBBL contracts.
The increases in payments and contracts for women cricketers reflect the shared ambition of CA and the ACA to reward professional women players, provide a pathway to full-time professionalism and to inspire more girls to pursue a career in cricket.
Further Parental Leave Advances
Australian cricket’s world-leading Parental Leave Policy has been further improved. Not only does it provide guaranteed contracts and retainers while a player is on parental leave, but now also offers further payment to help cover match fees foregone. Flexibility and supports have also been introduced for players who are parents of the same child.
Retaining the international competitiveness of the BBL
The new agreement also recognises the competitive environment in which the BBL now operates by allowing for an increase in the annual Total Payment Pool from $2 million to $3 million per team.
The increase means:
There is enormous capacity for growth right across the women’s game, as well as the BBL, both of which we believe have enormous untapped potential.Todd Greenberg
The number of CA Men’s contracts will increase from 17-20 to 20-24 recognising the number of players now selected across various formats, with the value of those contracts to increase 7.5% in the first year and 2% p/a thereafter to an average $951,000 plus match payments and super in 2023-24.
Wellbeing and Retirement Support
Approx $20m will be allocated to player wellbeing and Player Development Managers across CA, States and the ACT and a further $20m will be paid to the players’ retirement fund.
Significant features of the new MOU include:
Total Revenue Share