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ICC CEO Allardice says discussions on ‘to bridge the gap between women and men’s prize money’

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ICC CEO Geoff Allardice says they are in discussions to bridge the gap between the prize money for the men’s and women’s cricket teams.

while speaking to ESPN, Geoff claimed about the review in prize money when asked why the winners in the World Cup Final 2022 (Women’s) are getting almost a third of the prize money received by the Men’s ODI World Cup held in England (2019).

“One of the things that we did at the start of the cycle,” was we projected through this event cycle – most of the ICC’s finances are done with an eight-year view – and what we’ve been trying to do over this cycle is bridge the gap between the women’s prize money and the men’s prize money.”

He further added,

“We are about to start discussions around the next cycle and one of the starting points for that discussion is going to be trying to get parity for the finishing positions of teams in women’s events and comparable men’s events. So we’re not there yet, but we’re on the journey to getting towards prize money parity.”

The ICC has doubled the value amount for the Women’s ODI World Cup to US$1.32 million, 75 per cent more than the prize money won by the England team in 2017. Yet, despite the effort put in by the ICC, there is a shortfall in the prize money of 6.5 million as compared to the 2019 WC (Men’s Team) offer.

Allardice insisted on expanding the women’s team from eight to ten, as the main reason why the women’s prize money is less than the men’s team. Allardice believes that this expansion could go as far as 2029 to be fully operational.

He added,

“We’re coming from a long way back and we’re making progress in that [prize money disbursement area”.

“In terms of where we’re at, I mean, the tournaments have got a different number of teams; they’re different lengths.

“What we’re trying to come up with for the next cycle when we’ve got the opportunity to model out our finances and our prize money distribution afresh is being able to get a parity and that we will address the issues that you raise.”

Allardice highlighted points such as competitiveness and the standard of the game, which has been enhanced over a period of the last five years. He further said that the growing visibility of women’s cricket, especially towards cricketers who are mothers, is most of all, as compared to the single edition of World Cup cricket in at least two decades.

Allardice expressed that the emphasis on the lack of policy making at the ICC level to promote the participation of women cricketers is untouchable and has to be focused. Asked whether the governing body is planning to formulate instructions regarding players who are pregnant and whether mother cricketers can continue to play cricket as usual at the World Cup, Allardice said,

“It’s a good point your raise. It’s been a noticeable development in this competition”.

“Most of the changes and the accommodations that would be made would be at the national level, with the arrangements around the national team. We would make the arrangements around the tournaments here but the ability for mothers to be able to continue to play cricket and raise young families is something that I think each of the members is checking in their own way and it’s good to see the progress made in that area”

“We’ve got a series of meetings at the end of this at the end of this tournament back in Dubai next week. And I’m sure that that will be one of the issues that will be raised at the you know in the debrief of this tournament.”

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