The Hundred: Female players’ salaries to remain untouched
The salaries of female players will remain untouched, with the men will take a 20 per cent cut when The Hundred competition resumes next year, the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed.
The price brackets for the men’s competition were between 30,000 to 125,000 GBP, while the women’s salaries languished between 3,600 to 15,000 GBP.
“It has been important to us not to see cuts to women’s player salaries, and these remain unaltered for 2021,” an ECB spokesperson told BBC.
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The new competition was meant to kick off this year (between July 17 and August 15), but had to be postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The board, however, declared that all players who had signed up to play the tournament would be paid 11.5 per cent of their promised salaries.
These decisions were reached after negotiations between the ECB and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).
“We have been working closely with the PCA to agree player contract terms to cover this season and next. The men’s players have agreed to a 20% reduction in 2021 salary bands and we are grateful and heartened by their support of the competition as our sport looks to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19,” the spokesperson said.
The board also conceded that a decision on whether a new draft is required – for the men’s competition – will be based on factors like the amount of domestic limited overs cricket played in the region, the allocation of central contracts, availability of overseas players and Kolpak players next season.