World Twenty20: Women cricketers not at par with male counterparts

Updated: Sep 26, 2012, 22:01 PM IST

Sydney: Australian women cricketers are not being paid at par with their men counterparts in the ongoing World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

While each male cricketer gets a daily allowance of US$100, female cricketers are getting a paltry $60. It doesn`t stop here. In fact the men`s champion team will get a prize money of $1 million while the women`s team will get just $60,000, reports The Age.

The daily quoted an ICC spokeswoman as saying that the world body was aiming for "equal everything", but the smaller budget for the women`s event resulted in the more modest allowance and economy-class travel for the female cricketers.

"We are working towards equal everything. We are aiming to have three viable formats in men`s and women`s cricket and to promote the women`s game so it receives the same exposure, the same opportunities and the same prize-money," the spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the daily.

The World Twenty20 is a step towards making women`s cricket commercially viable, with semi-finals and final at the World Twenty20 to be televised by ESPN-Star Sports as curtain raisers.