Women’s T20 cricket gets Commonwealth Games nod
Women’s T20 Cricket has been confirmed for inclusion at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games after a joint bid by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“This is a truly historic moment for women’s cricket and for the global cricket community, who were united in their support of this bid,” said Manu Sawhney, Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council.
“Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted and honoured the Commonwealth Games Associations voted to include Women’s T20 cricket at Birmingham 2022.”
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in England from 27th July to 7th August 2022 and will see 4,500 athletes competing at across 18 sports.
Women cricketers welcome new agreement
WHITE FERNS captain Amy Satterthwaite has hailed cricket’s new Women’s Master Agreement as a historic and progressive accord that provides another significant step forward for the game in New Zealand.
Satterthwaite said the agreement, reached in principle by New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, represented a major breakthrough for women’s cricket in New Zealand, particularly in terms of financial consideration for players below international level.
“I know people tend to focus on the WHITE FERNS’ contracts but the investment in domestic and developing players is an important step forward for women’s cricket in New Zealand,” she said.
“This is an agreement that recognises the need to grow the game at grassroots and domestic level in order to produce WHITE FERNS who excel on the world stage.”
- A total Player Payment Pool of $4.136m across the three-year term
- Domestic players included for the first time, increasing the total number of players on contract to 79 – up from 15 in the previous agreement
- 17 (up from 15) centrally contracted WHITE FERNS earning a minimum remuneration of between $44,000 and $64,000 annually. This includes a retainer payment, a retirement fund contribution and a promotional payment
- In addition, WHITE FERNS can each earn up to $16,000 in match fees per year
- 8 centrally contracted Development Players earning $7,500 for participating in NZC high performance programmes and the two domestic competitions
- 54 (nine per Major Association) domestic players on Domestic Competition Agreements worth $3,250 – in consideration of their availability for the Super Smash and Hallyburton Johnstone competitions
- Players continuing to have the right to participate in overseas T20 competitions in Australia, England and India