Since revenue comes from mens cricket, unfair if women ask for same pay, says star cricketer Smriti Mandhana

 thehindu.com  01/22/2020 11:53:27 

Star Indian woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana is not bothered by a pay lower than her male counterparts as the revenue which we get is through mens cricket, she says.

Ms. Mandhana, the ICCs woman cricketer of the year, touched on the contentious issue of pay parity at the unveiling of a new range of shoes on Wednesday.

We need to understand that the revenue which we get is through mens cricket. The day womens cricket starts getting revenue, I will be the first person to say that we need the same thing. But right now, we cant say that, she told reporters.

The male cricketers in the top bracket on BCCI central contracts list are entitled to an annual remuneration of 7 crore, while a female cricketer in the highest category gets 50 lakh for the same period.

I dont think any of the teammates is thinking about this gap because the only focus right now is to win matches for India, get the crowd coming in, get the revenue. That is the thing which we are aiming for and if that happens, all other things are going to fall in place, she said.

And for that, we need to perform. It is unfair on our part to say that we need same pay, it is not right. So I dont think I want to comment on that gap, she added.

India will play a tri-series before the World T20 begins in Australia and Ms. Mandhana feels that the tournament is important to finalise the team composition right for the big event next month.

Most of them (the players) have played in Australia, so I think with India touring Australia last month, that is also going to be a big help (as) four-five players were part of that team as well. But the tri-series is going to be a really important tournament, thinking about the team composition, Ms. Mandhana said.

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