Cricket NSW applauds Cricket Australia on its offer to increase women’s average player payments by at least 125 percent.

As part of Memorandum of Understanding negotiations with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, CA has proposed an immediate increase for the average wage of international women from $79,000 to $179,000 with a projection of $210,000 by 2021.

Likewise domestic cricketers who play in both the Women’s National Cricket League and Women’s Big Bash League have been offered an average increase from $22,000 to $52,000.

The NSW Breakers become the first fully professional domestic women’s cricket team in the world in 2016-17 thanks to a landmark sponsorship deal with Lendlease, with each player earning at least the national minimum wage of $35,000 and most earning more.

This offer will now extend professional status to every domestic cricketer in Australia.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said: “I commend Cricket Australia for this ground-breaking offer to fully professionalise women’s cricket in this country. We have been strong advocates of this step for some time and salute CA for taking it.

“This is the second landmark occasion for women’s sport in a matter of months following Lendlease combining with Cricket NSW to fully professionalise the Breakers.

“Now aspiring female athletes across the country can confidently choose cricket as a career pathway.

“Of course this will make it tougher for CNSW to add to its 18 WNCL titles in 21 years, and 2 WBBL titles in 2 years, but so it should.

“Cricket NSW has always believed cricket is a game equally for women and men, boys and girls and that cricket should lead the professionalisation of women’s sport.

“This announcement does that and we salute all at CA and in Australian Cricket who helped make it happen.”