On March 7, 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018 were announced by Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court of India. This time, the BCCI introduced a new category A+ for Indian Men’s team and a new category C for Indian Women’s cricket team.
As per the new structure, the players in the top bracket Grade A+ of men’s team will receive Rs 7 crore annually while those in Grade A, B and C will get Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore annually. It is interesting to note that the players in the top bracket of men’s team are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah while MS Dhoni has been kept in the next category of Grade A players.
On the other hand, the players in the top bracket, Grade A of women’s team will get Rs 50 lakh each annually. This category included captain Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. The women players in Category B and C will get Rs 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh each on an annual basis.
It is important to note that there is a huge gap between the fees of men and women players. While the top category of women’s team gets only Rs 50 lakh, the men’s team gets 14 times of it, Rs 7 crore. This has left social media users furious over the BCCI. What added to their fury was the coincident that it happened around International Women’s Day.
Here are the tweets in which BCCI announced the new fee structure of men’s and women’s team:
#TeamIndia Senior Men retainership fee structure:
Grade A+ players to receive INR 7 cr each
Grade A players to receive INR 5 cr each
Grade B players to receive INR 3 cr each
Grade C players to receive INR 1 cr each
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2018
#TeamIndia Senior Women retainership fee structure:
Grade A players to receive INR 50 lacs each
Grade B players to receive INR 30 lacs each
Grade C players to receive INR 10 lacs each pic.twitter.com/u05YDFocWN
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2018
Reacting to the wide gap in the fee of men and women team, Twitter accused BCCI of practicing gender equality. Take a look at some tweets below:
This is pure injustice with the women’s team. They also expect better pay compared to men’s team. When Anil Kumble had asked for a better pay he was made to resign, that was one reason for his resignation.
— Basant Shroff (@ShroffBasant) March 9, 2018
Even the grade c of men doesn’t match A grade of women so much difference? Looks like your mindest is like 90’s shame #bcci . Be like Australia cricket they treat both men and women equally #shameonyoubcci
— Romit patel 🇮🇳 (@Romitpatel_15) March 9, 2018
Gender discrimination. for boys team you are paying like anything why not to our women team. Happy International women day.
— Manu Thakur (@manuthakur1985) March 8, 2018
R U giving alms to the women cricketers? When men are getting 7 Cr and 5 Cr for A, B and C and women 50 lakhs, 30 lakhs and 20 lakhs? Are the Women players not toiling for the country? Don’t treat them as beggars. Can’t the amount be increased to at least 2 Cr, 1 Cr and 50 lakhs?
— VENKATESH KS (@VENKATESH671955) March 8, 2018
— GHALIB DANGER (@ghaalibdanger) March 8, 2018
My dearest BCCI ~ please stop Women’s Cricket altogether, at least step aside and let Sports Ministry take care of them. At least govt Pay structure will be better than yours. BCCI is a national shame. @Ra_THORe plz patronise Women’s Cricket Team
— AKC (@ashwinikc) March 8, 2018
Do you also think this decision of BCCI is wrong and that women players also deserve a pay equal to men? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.