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ICC Sets Equal Prizes for Men’s & Women’s Events

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ICC Sets Equal Prizes for Men’s & Women’s Events

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) made a historic announcement on Thursday, bringing a wave of change and progress to the world of cricket. The ICC announces equal prizes for men’s and women’s teams at ICC events, marking a significant step towards gender equality in the sport. The decision was made during the ICC Annual Conference held in Durban, South Africa, where the ICC Board demonstrated its commitment to achieving prize money equity by 2030, surpassing expectations by reaching this goal ahead of schedule.

In a statement released by the ICC, it was revealed that teams would now be awarded equal prize money for their finishing positions at comparable events. Additionally, the same amount of prize money would be granted for winning a match in these events. This transformation will come into effect during the next cycle of ICC events, ensuring that both men’s and women’s champions and runners-up receive the same monetary rewards.

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐝𝐚𝐰𝐧. 𝐀𝐧 𝐞𝐫𝐚 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 & 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭

I am thrilled to announce that a major step towards gender parity & inclusivity has been undertaken. The prize money at all @ICC events will be same for men & women. Together we grow.…

— Jay Shah (@JayShah) July 13, 2023

Greg Barclay, the ICC Chair, expressed his delight and acknowledged the significance of this milestone, stating, “This is a significant moment in the history of our sport, and I am delighted that men’s and women’s cricketers competing at ICC global events will now be rewarded equally.” Barclay also highlighted the ICC’s commitment to progressively increasing prize money at women’s events since 2017 with the aim of achieving parity. As a result, winning the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the T20 World Cups, as well as the U19 tournaments, will all carry the same prize money.


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The equality-driven decision of the ICC Board aligns with the vision of cricket as a sp

ort for all. By valuing and celebrating the contributions of every player equally, the ICC sends a powerful message about inclusivity and fairness in the game. The move not only reflects the growing importance of women’s cricket but also paves the way for increased opportunities and recognition for female cricketers on the global stage.

In addition to the equal prize money announcement, the ICC Board has also committed to making the largest-ever investment in cricket. The distribution model for the next four years has been finalized, ensuring that every ICC Member will receive significantly enhanced funding. Furthermore, a strategic investment fund will be established to drive global growth initiatives, aligning with the ICC Global Growth Strategy. This investment will play a vital role in expanding the reach of cricket, attracting new fans, and nurturing talent in emerging cricketing nations.

The statement released by the ICC also highlighted the substantial increase in prize money for women’s cricket events. The champions and runners-up of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and 2023 received USD 1 million and USD 500,000, respectively, a fivefold increase compared to the previous prize amounts in 2018. Moreover, the prize money for the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022 has been raised to USD 3.5 million, a significant increase from the USD 2 million awarded to the winners of the 2017 edition in England.

In another development, the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee has approved modifications to the over-rate sanctions in Test cricket. The objective is to strike a balance between maintaining over-rates and providing fair compensation for players. Under the new rules, which will be effective during the ongoing World Test Championship cycle, players will face a fine of 5 percent of their match fee for each over that falls short, with a maximum penalty capped at 50 percent.

An important aspect of the new regulations is that if a team is bowled out before reaching the 80-over mark and the new ball has not yet been delivered, no over-rate penalty will be enforced, irrespective of any potential delays. This amendment replaces the previous requirement of completing 60 overs. The ICC Men’s Cricket Committee, represented by Sourav Ganguly, acknowledged the positive impact of the ICC World Test Championship and emphasized the need to maintain over-rates while ensuring the best value for fans. The committee recommended a penalty system that would not put players’ entire match fees at risk, striking a balance between discouraging slow over-rates and preserving the spirit of Test cricket.


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