From now on, men and women who win the World Cup of cricket will get the same amount of money. Today, after its yearly conference in Durban, the ICC said that prize money for men’s and women’s events will be the same. This is a huge boost for the women’s game. The ruling also applies to the World Cup for under-19s.
Greg Barclay, chair of the ICC, said, “This is a big moment in the history of our sport, and I’m thrilled that men’s and women’s cricketers competing at ICC global events will now be paid the same.” “Since 2017, we’ve been increasing prize money at women’s events every year with the goal of reaching equal prize money. From now on, winning the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will be worth the same as winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the same goes for T20 World Cups and U-19s.”
Teams in both men’s and women’s cricket will get the same amount of money if they win each game at their respective World Cups, come in second, make the semi-finals, and so on.
Australia won the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year, and as a prize, they got US$ 1 million. England won US$ 1.6 million when they won the men’s similar title in November 2022.
Slow over rates won’t cause players to lose all of their match fees.
The ICC also limited over-rate fines in the World Test Championship to 50% of the players’ match fees. Up to 50% of a player’s fee will be taken away for every over their team is short. The CEC, which is made up of the ICC’s top leaders, made the choice.
“If a team is out before the new ball is due at 80 overs, even if the over rate is slow, there will be no over-rate punishment. This takes the place of the current 60-over limit,” the ICC website said.
Sourav Ganguly, who is the chair of the Men’s Cricket Committee and sits on the CEC, said, “The Men’s Cricket Committee felt strongly that over-rate penalties in the form of WTC point deductions should stay, but recommended that players shouldn’t have 100% of their match fee at risk.” “We think this strikes a good balance between keeping over-rates and making sure that players don’t stop wanting to play Test cricket.”
This rule will be applied backwards to this WTC cycle, which began on June 16 with an Ashes Test.