Wellington. International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Geoff Allardice said discussions are underway to bridge the gap between women’s and men’s prize money in the global tournament of cricket. The sport’s apex body plans to bring parity in prize money for the equal-placed teams in its men’s and women’s tournaments over the next eight-year cycle starting from 2024 to 2031. Allardyce’s statement came after he was told that the winner of the ongoing Women’s World Cup in New Zealand would get just one-third of the prize money won by the 2019 men’s World Cup winners. Apart from this, it has also been decided to organize the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup for the first time in January 2023.
Geoff Allardyce told Cricinfo, ‘Everything we did at the beginning of the cycle, there was a mention of moving towards this. Most of the ICC’s financial matters are related to an 8-year cycle. We have already started work on trying to bridge the prize money gap between the women’s and men’s teams in this cycle. He said, ‘We are going to start the discussion around the next cycle. Efforts will be made to give equal amount to the women’s team in the tournaments, which is equal to the men’s. Right now there is no equality, but we will move towards equality in terms of prize money.
The number of teams will also be increased
Even though the ICC has doubled the prize money of the current Women’s ODI World Cup to $ 1.32 million (about Rs 10 crore). Still, it is $6.5 million less than the amount given in the 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup, which was won by England. The ICC official said that the Women’s One Day World Cup will be expanded from 8 to 10 teams in 2029.