Following talks between the ECB, PCA and England Women’s Player Partnership, the governing body has announced it is increasing match fees for England Women to bring them in line with England Men’s match fees.
The ECB’s announcement will see an immediate increase for the England Women’s players, starting from England’s Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka that begins on Thursday.
England captain and PCA Vice Chair, Heather Knight, said:
“It’s really important that we continue to drive the women’s game forward and it’s fantastic to see equal match fees for England Women and England Men.
“The direction of travel for the women’s game has always been the most important thing, creating a sustainable product that people want to watch and play, and I’m sure this will make cricket an increasingly attractive sport to girls and young women as we continue to grow the game.
“I would also like to thank the PCA and England Women’s Player Partnership for their support in representing the players and the growth of the professional game.”
PCA Chief Executive, Rob Lynch, said:
“The Vitality IT20 Series that begins on Thursday is an historic moment as PCA Vice Chair Heather Knight leads out her country knowing the England Women’s match fees will be aligned with their male colleagues.
“The PCA and the England Women’s Player Partnership (EWPP) are encouraged by the ECB’s commitment to equalising individual match fees across international cricket. This advancement on the road to gender equity has been part of the Association’s ongoing work following the PCA’s Fairer Future paper that was submitted to the governing body in 2021.
“The PCA, EWPP and Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) continue to represent the players in negotiations with the ECB, striving to create equality throughout the professional game.”
Find out more about the England Women’s Player Partnership.