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Indian women's team, who won the Women's Asia Cup, will now receive the pay on par with their male counterparts. Image Credit: Courtesy: BCCI Twitter

Dubai: The Indian cricket board, in a bid to tackle discrimination, will be implementing pay equity policy for both men and women as both will be receiving the same match fees.

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced implementing pay equity policy for its contracted Women cricketers. In the 15th BCCI Apex Council meeting held via video conference, the members passed the resolution unanimously, said a BCCI statement.

Jay Shah, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), took to Twitter to post the latest decision.

“I’m pleased to announce @BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing pay equity policy for our contracted @BCCIWomen cricketers. The match fee for both Men and Women Cricketers will be same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Cricket,” he had posted.

“The @BCCIWomen cricketers will be paid the same match fee as their male counterparts. Test (INR 15 lakhs), ODI (INR 6 lakhs), T20I (INR 3 lakhs). Pay equity was my commitment to our women cricketers and I thank the Apex Council for their support,” he added.

Roger Binny, President, BCCI, said: “In our Apex Council meeting today, we have made a marquee decision on pay equity for our women cricketers. Our women players will be paid the same match fees as men in international cricket. This decision sets the platform to grow and develop cricket. I believe this is a significant step forward for women’s cricket and the game overall.”

Rajeev Shukla, Vice-President, BCCI, said: “This is a revolutionary step for the women’s game and I believe this move will serve as a motivation for the present and future stars of women’s cricket. A lot was spoken about the way forward for the women’s game and I believe pay equity is a step towards that direction. It is an important move, a hallmark one at that and I am sure this will hold the game in good stead going forward.”