England’s top women cricketers set for pay rise after 2017 World Cup win
- The England and Wales Cricket Board are giving pay rises to top women players
- Ten members are set for a 50 per cent pay rise after last year’s World Cup win
- Meanwhile, there is a 40 per cent increase going into the overall payment pool
England’s women go into their first international at home since winning the World Cup last summer with a significant pay rise under their belts.
The 19 fully contracted England players have been handed a 40 per cent increase, with the leading players now earning 50 per cent more than last year.
But the women are still a long way from achieving equal pay, with players like captain Heather Knight, World Cup final star Anya Shrubsole and player of the tournament Tammy Beaumont now taking home around £50,000 a year.
England celebrate with their trophy after winning the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s
And that still leaves them well behind the likes of Australia, who lead the way by paying their leading women cricketers around £100,000 a year, and India, who are now taking women’s cricket much more seriously.
The aim, according to ECB head of women’s cricket Clare Connor, is for England’s main players to be earning double what they were earning last year by 2021, with the eventual aim being to achieve parity with the men.
‘This is a sign of where the women’s game is at,’ said England captain Knight of the pay rise. ‘There has been increased interest, demands and professionalism over the last few years and it’s great that salaries have now caught up.’
The challenge for Knight and her team now is to build on that memorable day at Lord’s last year when they defeated India in the World Cup final and caught the imagination of the cricketing and sporting world.
‘We’re in the next stage of our development as a team,’ added Knight. ‘We need to keep improving and one thing that will help is competition for places. There are no signs of complacency because we’re all pushing each other.’
Director of women’s cricket Clare Connor poses with her CBE at Buckingham Palace in May