Sydney, Sep 27: Reports suggest that Australian women cricketers are not paid on par with the male cricketers at the World T20 in Sri Lanka.
Women's World T20 that started on Sep 26, is facing many financial issues as reported by The Age, which suggests Australian women cricketers were paid less than their male counterparts as their daily allowance was reduced to $60, while the men get US$100 per day.
There is more to it, as the champions (men) will get a prize money of $1 million while the women's team would get just $60,000, according to The Age.
An ICC spokeswoman also pointed out that the cricketing body that aims to be equal irrespective of events, has not been thinking about female cricketers as they could afford to travel under economic-class with the given budget.
"We are working towards equal everything. We are aiming to have three viable formats in men's and women's cricket and to promote the women's game so it receives the same exposure, the same opportunities and the same prize-money," the spokeswoman was quoted as saying by The Age, Australian daily.
Moreover, it was also reported that Women's T20 was conducted to gain exposure as ESPN-Star Sports are broadcasting live action of the semi-finals and the final of the Women's event as curtain raisers.
With both men and women's team playing for the country's pride, why is the discrimination made by the cricketing body is one question that needs to be answered
With such initiatives taken by ICC to popularize the game, isn't it possible to allot a common daily allowance to both men and women cricketers?