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Cricket - 01. July 2008.

New contract and remuneration scheme for women’s cricket

Cricket Australia has today announced a new contract and remuneration scheme for Australian female players.

The announcement reflects the work done by CA, its senior players and state associations over the past six months.

Under the scheme, CA will make a total annual contribution of up to $500,000 to members of Australia’s women’s squad. This year’s scheme also includes an education and training grant from the Kerry Packer Cricket Foundation.

Australia’s women’s representative players make a significant commitment to the game and now have increased training and touring commitments. As well as providing financial support, the scheme will create more opportunities for CA to use its elite female players to promote the game and link with its Females in Cricket Strategy, which seeks to increase female involvement at all levels cricket.

The scheme includes the following components:

  • Tiered contracts for members of the Australian women’s squad;
  • Additional tour fees/reimbursements;
  • Ambassador grants; and
  • Educational support.

“Today’s announcement recognises the increasing demands placed on our elite female cricketers and their significant commitment to the game. It is designed to ensure that players are reimbursed for their costs in representing Australia,” Cricket Australia General Manager Cricket, Michael Brown, said.

“As well as their on-field success, Australia’s female players have an important role to play in the promotion of the game by supporting state associations in the implementation of our Females in Cricket Strategy.”

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are about to embark on an unprecedented level of international cricket in the coming year where players will make a minimum 100-day commitment to the international program.

This includes:

  • Tour of Australia by India (October/November 2008);
  • Australian tour to New Zealand (February 2009);
  • 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia (March 2009);
  • ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in England (June 2009); and
  • Women’s Ashes Test and ODI Tour of the UK (June/July 2009).
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