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Women cricketers to be paid the same as men

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New Zealand cricketers will be paid the same whether they're playing for the men's or women’s teams, in a win for gender equality.

On 1 August 2022, the decision will take effect, meaning both the men’s and women’s team members will be paid the same amount for each cricket match. 

It's been part of a major agreement struck between New Zealand Cricket, the six major associations and the player’s union. 

Sophie Devine, captain of the New Zealand women’s team, called the new deal a “game-changer”. 

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Though the players for the men’s teams are still likely to earn more per annum than the women’s teams – simply based on the frequency and number of games they play – this is a huge step forward. Gender equality in professional sports has been a longstanding issue, especially when it comes to the pay gap.

The agreement means that the men's and women’s teams will earn approximately 30% of New Zealand Cricket’s revenues over the next five years. This will add up to approximately 104 million New Zealand dollars, the equivalent of over £53 million.

“It’s great for the international and domestic women players to be recognized in the same agreement, alongside the men,” added Sophie. “It’s a massive step forward and will be a huge drawcard for young women and girls.”

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