WICB to boost women’s fees, re­tainer con­tracts

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua (CMC): THE WEST In­dies Cricket Board said on Wed­nes­day it plans to pump more than half a mil­lion United States dol­lars into the women’s game, a move that will see an in­crease in play­er­re­tainer con­tracts and fees start­ing next month.

In a me­dia re­lease, the re­gional gov­ern­ing body for the sport said it would move the num­ber of player re­tainer con­tracts from 11 to 15, and would also aug­ment spon­sor­ship pay­ments, match fees and cap­tains’ al­lowances.

The in­creases are set to cost the board US$600,000, an in­jec­tion of cash which chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Muir­head be­lieves will stim­u­late the women’s game.

“We are hop­ing this new pack­age will serve as an ad­di­tional in­cen­tive for the cur­rent set of women, and will serve as a draw­ing card to more women to be at­tracted to cricket,” said the Ja­maican, who re­lin­quishes the post next month.

The deal was ham­mered out along with the West In­dies Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (WIPA) and, ac­cord­ing to the WICB, it will also ben­e­fit non-re­tained play­ers as well.

For­mer West In­dies bats­man Wavell Hinds, the cur­rent WIPA pres­i­dent and CEO, said the new com­pen­sa­tion pack­age for the women is “well de­served”.

“Our women’s se­nior team has been a solid elite per­form­ing group over the last decade. As such, the im­prove­ment and se­cu­rity in their com­pen­sa­tion pack­age are well de­served,” Hinds said.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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