Knight delighted with Wisden’s recognition
ENGLAND captain Heather Knight feels pay parity between male and female cricketers remains a “long way off ” despite Wisden’s historic recognition of the women’s game.
Knight and her fellow World Cup winners Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole were this week named among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year after a transformative 2017 for women’s cricket.
Shrubsole also became the first woman to grace the cover of the Almanack in its 155th edition in the wake of the EnglandIndia World Cup final gaining a peak television audience of 1.1m viewers.
But asked about the issue of pay parity, Knight said: “I still think it’s a long way off.
“It’s important to realise that women’s cricket has only been professional for three years, for us especially. It is in its infancy of being a professional sport.
“The men’s game was the same when it went professional all those years ago and it takes a lot of time for things to develop.
“We accept at the moment we haven’t got the same commercial value as the men. But there’s no reason why the women’s game can’t keep growing and hopefully it will eventually catch up with the men.”
Only two females – Claire Taylor and Charlotte Edwards, Knight’s immediate predecessor as England captain – had previously been named Wisden Cricketers of the Year since its inception in the Almanack in 1889.
But Knight is confident that the massive strides made by women’s cricket will continue.
“You never think as a kid you’re going to play at Lord’s, let alone in front of a full crowd,” Knight said.
“It (Wisden recognition) is a show of how special last summer was for the team, to have three female cricketers recognised in the five cricketers of the year is amazing.”