–Bismah Maroof highlights huge gap between male, female cricketers’ pay
Pakistan Women’s captain Bismah Maroof on Saturday revealed that she is in talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to address the significant pay gap between male and female payers.
Talking to media in a post-practice session press conference, she said, “We are in talks with the board and I feel they also have plans to address this issue.
Bisma further said, “I cannot discuss the details of our talks as yet, but I do believe something will pan out soon.”
She argued that it would not be appropriate to discuss the details with media when asked how much raise the female player expected.
According to some media reports, male cricketers in Pakistan make nearly $77,000 per annum while women only make $12,000.
“The pay gap is huge. Another problem female cricketers face is that they only get a daily allowance when playing a domestic game, and no match fee,” Maroof said.
“If they are given a match fee in the future, it would make a big difference for the girls.”
In lobbying for egalitarian pay, Maroof is following in the footsteps of her Indian counterpart, Mathali Raj, who was the first to question the pay gap between male and female cricketers during the 2017 Cricket World Cup.
In a 2017 news report, Indian media mentioned that Raj expected that India reaching the Women’s World Cup final should have acted as a game-changer for women’s cricket in India.
The Indian skipper had stated that her team’s success should lead to financial gains as well as the same amount of respect their male counterparts enjoy.