Anushka Sharma, Taapsee Pannu, praises BCCI’s decision to pay male and female cricketers equally

Bollywood stars Taapsee Pannu and Anushka Sharma on Thursday welcomed the BCCI’s landmark Equal Gaming Fee decision for its centrally contracted female and male players to promote gender equality in cricket. Under the newly introduced system, the Indian women cricketers are now paid Rs. 15,000 per test, Rs. 6,000 per ODI and Rs. 3,000 per T20I, the same as their male counterparts.

Previously, players were paid Rs 1 lakh each for ODIs and T20Is, while the game fee for a test match was Rs 4 lakh.

Taapsee, who played former India captain Mithali Raj in the 2022 film Shaabash Mithu, expressed her gratitude to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI): “A big step towards equal pay for equal work. Thank you BCCI for leading by example,” the actor wrote on Twitter.

Taking to Instagram Stories, Anushka shared the screenshot of BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s tweet and responded to the post with three clapping emojis. The actor will play former pacemaker Jhulan Goswami in upcoming Chakda Xpress movie.

Filmmaker Onir shared a link to a news report of the announcement on Twitter, urging the Indian film community to follow suit. “Fantastic…Now I hope the Indian film industry takes a cue and learns (sic),” he wrote.

Recently, the Indian women’s cricket team won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, beating Sri Lanka by eight wickets. The team also won the country’s first silver medal in cricket at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this year.

At BCCI’s last Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Cricket Board also announced the first-ever Women’s IPL to be held next year. Earlier this year, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) struck an agreement with the country’s Players’ Association that allowed female cricketers to earn as much as male players, while Cricket Australia (CA) is also working to end gender inequality to eliminate . This makes India only the second country in international cricket to have introduced equal pay.

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