Australia’s leading female cricketers will be the best paid of any women’s team sport in the country after Cricket Australia announced significant pay rises.
CA will almost double its commitment to Australia’s elite female cricketers from $2.36 million to $4.23 million.
This will see maximum retainers for the Southern Stars rise from $49,000 to $65,000. When combined with increased maximum retainers for the Women’s Big Bash League of $15,000 the base rate for Australia’s best female players rises to $80,000.
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Minimum retainers have more than doubled, rising from $19,000 to $40,000 for the Southern Stars and $3,000 to $7,000 for the WBBL.
With Women’s National Cricket League payments up from $7000 to $11,000, Australia’s best domestic female cricketers will earn $26,000 a season.
The news also coincides with two key announcements, with two members of the Sixers WBBL|01 awarded Southern Stars contracts for 2016/17 in Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, and the WBBL contracting period opening last Friday, April 1st.
Following on from the Sixers first ever season, the squad is now starting to be assembled with the goal of going one better in WBBL|02. Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond said fans can expect an exciting line-up in Magenta again this summer.
“Given every member of the WBBL|01 squad were on one-year contracts, the contracting period is a busy time for us again this season,” said Remond.
“We will attempt to lock up the bulk of the squad which won a record nine consecutive matches on the way to the final.
“Through gap analysis we have identified some skill shortages in key areas and will explore options in the next few months.”
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Announcements on player signings are expected to be made in the coming months leading into summer. Sign up for the Sixers eNewsletter to be the first to know.
CA CEO James Sutherland said Australia’s female cricketers were some of the most successful sportswomen in the country and deserved to be rewarded accordingly.
“Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women’s game in the coming years,” Mr Sutherland said.
“We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.
“The Women’s Big Bash League has created a revolution with outstanding ratings that make it the most popular women’s team sport in the country.
“Of the more than 1.2 million people of all ages currently playing cricket in Australia almost a quarter of them are women and girls.
“That number continues to grow rapidly and we will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green.”