The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has urged the Indian women’s team to form a union for receiving their well-deserved prize money for participating in the 2020 T20 Women’s World Cup. The Indian women’s team not only played in the tournament but put up a mighty effort to reach the final. But the BCCI has not yet remitted their amount that comes down to $50000.
The news comes at a time when the BCCI is already facing flak for a significant difference in the central contracts offered to the men’s and women’s cricketers. While the men’s contract amounts remain divided into four categories – Rs 7 crore, Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore, the female counterparts are segregated into three – Rs 50 lakhs, Rs 30 lakhs and Rs 10 lakhs.
Additionally, the women’s team have hardly played any cricket since their massive defeat to Australia in Melbourne in the 2020 T20 World Cup final. BCCI’s player contracts for the women’s team from October 2020 to September 2021 has Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav in Grade A. Veteran cricketers Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are in Category B, while teen prodigy Shafali Verma, Punam Raut and Rajeshwari Gayakwad have earned promotions from C to B. Veda Krishnamurthy has unfortunately been excluded from the list.
We encourage players in India to consider getting organized as part of a players’ association: FICA
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA)’s CEO Tom Moffat criticized that receiving the prize money is the player’s right and late payment is unacceptable. Tom requested the players to form an association so that the sport can benefit from the player representation the same way as professionals would do globally.
“Prize money is payable to players for their on-field performance in pinnacle events and the late non-payment of money owing to players is unacceptable. We encourage players in India to consider getting organised as part of a players’ association so they, and the game in India, can benefit from collective player representation in the same way that their fellow professionals around the world do,” Moffat said as quoted by News18.com.