Absolutely huge news in the continued push for women in sport today, with work trickling through that Cricket Australia is set to make its women cricket the highest paid team sport in the country.
“Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women’s game in the coming years. We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.”“We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers.”“The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have achieved great success on the world stage, including making it through to the recent final of the ICC World T20 in India, and are great role models for the next generation of Australia’s aspiring female cricketers. The Women’s Big Bash League has created a revolution with outstanding ratings that make it the most popular women’s team sport in the country.”“Of the more than 1.2 million people of all ages currently playing cricket in Australia almost a quarter of them are women and girls. That number continues to grow rapidly and we will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green.”
Cricket Australia also revealed its list of contracted players for the 2016-17 season, which includes the ICC world number one ranked batter in Meg Lanning, the ICC number one ranked all-rounder Elise Perry, and seventeen year old sensation Lauren Cheatle.