Pay rise urged for women crick­eters

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

A TOP ICC of­fi­cial has urged cricket bodies around the world to fol­low Aus­tralia’s lead and dra­mat­i­cally raise wages for women play­ers to stop them drop­ping out of the sport.

Clare Con­nor, the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain who now heads the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s women’s com­mit­tee, said that other coun­tries must match Aus­tralia’s eight­fold in­crease in wages.

“We are all go­ing to think very se­ri­ously of how well our play­ers are re­mu­ner­ated,” she said in a phone in­ter­view.

“Be­cause if we don’t look af­ter them they will go and choose other sports or other pro­fes­sions and that will be a tragedy.”

The women’s World Cup, won this year by Eng­land, was hailed as a break­through for the women’s game, with full sta­di­ums and high TV rat­ings around the globe. – AFP

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