CWI signs MoU to Promote Gender Pay Equity

West Indies

The Cricket West Indies and West Indies Player Association have signed a four-year MoU to promote gender Pay Equity in West Indies Cricket.

CWI signs MoU to Promote Gender Pay Equity

After ECB Invests in Women Hundreds promoting equity in gender pay recently, Cricket West Indies has also taken the initiative to promote gender pay equity within West Indies cricket.

The MoU highlights the grading criteria for International Women’s and regional match fees, international captain allowances, international team prize money, and Regions’ Individual Prize money for all West Indies cricketers by October 01, 2027.

The MoU will be effective between October 01, 2023, to September 30, 2027. Some of the important features agreed upon in the MoU are

  • Significantly increased team prize money and new individual player rewards.
  • Full match fees for players in the starting XI and 80% for reserves (effective 1 October 2024).
  • All retainers are on hold once an NOC is issued for an overseas domestic franchise tournament (effective October 1, 2024).
  • The potential for CWI and franchises to award multi-year retainer contracts (up to three years);
  • Increased international and regional match fees and ICC tournament fees for all women’s cricketers, to achieve parity by October 1, 2027.
  • Align international women’s contracts and regional men’s contracts with the performance grading that has been established for international men.

The President of CWI, Dr Kishore Shallow said, “This is a historic day for West Indies cricket.”

“As we overhaul the compensation structures and align performance grading, we are taking a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and progressive cricket framework.”

“This step reflects our unwavering commitment to gender equality and acknowledges the immense contributions of female players to West Indies cricket.”

“In the preceding year, we undertook substantial enhancements to our travel policy, mandating that the West Indies Senior Women’s team travel business-class on all extended international flights and are accommodated in single rooms during international assignments.”

“This aligns seamlessly with the established policy for West Indies Senior Men’s tours. Today, with the signing of this MOU, we take another significant stride in narrowing the gender gap within our cricketing community.”

“MoU also introduces opportunities for compensation enhancement for both international and regional men, and new team and individual incentive bonuses for the top performers in the system.”

“The top contract band values for men at the international and regional level have also been increased, underscoring the commitment to fostering a culture of player growth, improvement and high performance.”

“Achieving gender parity and equity has always been a strategic objective of our players’ union, and we’ve certainly done so with our female members,” Wavell Hinds, president and CEO of WIPA said.

“Without a doubt, this is a truly historic and exciting time for our membership as the MOU addresses most levels of our pay scale.

“As we operate within a very fluid cricketing landscape, we are duty bound to conscientiously reward our regional and international players within the constraints of CWI’s budget and agree on policies that will produce and promote world-class performances,” concluded Wavell Hinds.