Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones has welcomed the agreement between Cricket Australia and the players which will enshrine this country’s international cricketers as the best paid men and women of any team sport in the country.

“This is a landmark agreement which ensures our male cricketers continue to be handsomely rewarded and allows all contracted female cricketers to be fully professional for the first time,” Mr Jones said.

“Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia for women and girls and has now firmly established itself as the most attractive female professional team sport in Australia.

 “With the generous support of Lendlease, Cricket NSW was able to lead the way last season, making the Breakers the first fully professional domestic women’s sports team in Australia.

This doubled the pay of the Breakers on state contracts to at least the minimum wage of $35,000, with most receiving more.

“Now with Cricket Australia offering an increase to women’s pay of about 150 percent, female state and WBBL players will earn more than $50,000 a year while the leading international women will be approaching $200,000.

 “We commend Cricket Australia on its leadership in this area.”

 “Male players also continue to share in cricket’s prosperity. Australian men will receive an average of about $1.5 million a season by the end of this current five-year MOU.

“Average pay for domestic men will rise from about $200,000 to at least $235,000 by the end of the MOU.”

“With NSW players dominating national team selection, this state’s many thousands of cricket fans can look forward to seeing their favorite players in one of the biggest summers of cricket ever to be staged in Australia. The men’s and women’s Ashes, an expanded Big Bash and the Women’s Big Bash League are all expected to attract record crowds.

“We can’t wait for the cricket.”