Women's cricket July 22, 2014

NZC annual contracts for 10 women players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ten of New Zealand's top women cricketers will be given annual contracts following a Memorandum of Understanding between NZC and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA). The ten players will be named on Wednesday by coach Hamish Barton.

Previously, they had been given assembly fees when training and playing for the national side. Four players had been awarded professional contracts last year.

The contracts have been structured in a manner similar to the men's senior team, with the top 10 players receiving an annual retainer based on a ranking process involving T20 and ODI cricket. The contract retainers are tiered between $10,000 to $12,000 per annum and also provide for daily assembly fees for all players selected for training camps and international tours. Players outside the top-ten bracket will receive a casual playing contract when they are selected in the team.

Lindsay Crocker, NZC's head of cricket, said the focus of the contract system was on keeping the top women cricketers prepared for international cricket even in between series.

"The contract system is designed to keep New Zealand's best women's players in the game for longer," Crocker said. "It provides a training structure between tours so our leading players can compete at international level while still maintaining full-time employment outside cricket."

NZCPA player services' manager Henry Moore said the contract system sought to find a balance between a player's professional and personal commitments, including academic ones, and her time within the cricket team. According to Moore, a leading cricketer could, depending on her selection, earn nearly $25,000 a year, while having the opportunity to work or study.

"One of the key features of the MoU is that players who receive annual retainer contracts will be able to balance work and study commitments with their White Ferns obligations, as they will not be required to train or practice during normal business hours when not assembled with the team," Moore said.

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  • youfoundme on July 23, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Get real guys and face the facts. This is a BIG step forward compared to last years situation, women's cricket simply does not draw in the revenue or attention that men's cricket does. Personally, I'd love a spare grand a month while still working full-time, traveling the world playing the game I love and having all my expenses paid for.

    It's a start, which I'm sure will grow with the rise of women's cricket.

  • SladeR on July 23, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Mens cricket is poorly supported in NZ, womens cricket is miles and miles behind that low benchmark. I am surprised there is any money to pay them at all. And let's be honest here, they are good a playing a game, it is just a game, which contributes nothing to the GDP, and it is not a game that is truly global. I think they are lucky to be getting paid anything, for what amounts to hitting a ball with a bat.

  • dummy4fb on July 23, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    $1000.00 per month for a top ten player?

  • vik56in on July 22, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    The amount quoted for women cricketers is a pittance !

  • warneneverchuck on July 22, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    I guess this is the problem in cricket...except india aus and eng all other players get paid very less...

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    This is pathetic! Pay them more!

  • Jordanious77 on July 22, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    I know this is supposed to be "good news" but I personally find it extremely saddening that some of the most talented woman in NZ can't even earn half of the min wage in their job of expertise. If you were one of the 10 best in any other field you would be earning well above 3 figures. Yet high profile sports woman who travel around the world representing our country can't even be afforded the min wage and are basically forced into working extra hours to support themselves.

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