CWI and WIPA Ink Agreement to Advance Gender Pay Equality

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Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) recently agreed to a four-year plan promoting equal pay for male and female players in West Indies cricket. They aim to achieve this by October 1, 2027.

The MoU covers the period from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2027, and includes agreements on player remuneration, as well as updated terms and conditions across the West Indies cricket system. Some key points of the MoU include:

1. Increased team prize money and individual player rewards.
2. Full match fees for starting XI players and 80% for reserves, effective from October 1, 2024.
3. Retainers put on hold once a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued for an overseas domestic franchise tournament, effective from October 1, 2024.
4. Possibility of multi-year retainer contracts (up to 3 years) by CWI and Franchises.
5. Increased fees for women’s cricketers to achieve parity by October 1, 2027.
6. Increased fees for men’s matches, effective from October 1, 2023.
7. Alignment of international women’s contracts and regional men’s contracts with established performance grading for international men.
8. Provision of a hospitality box and ground transportation for players’ families at all international home series matches.

The President of CWI, Dr. Kishore Shallow, emphasized the day’s historic significance for West Indies cricket and their commitment to gender equality. The MoU also increases pay for male players who are from outside the region and internationally, demonstrating CWI’s dedication to honoring and rewarding exceptional achievement.The president and CEO of WIPA, Wavell Hinds, expressed enthusiasm about the momentous occasion for their membership as well as the efforts being made to responsibly address pay scale levels within CWI’s financial constraints.

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