In a significant decision, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a pay equity policy, saying that its centrally-contracted men and women players would get the same match fees. With this, India has become the second country in international cricket to implement equal pay. Earlier this year, New Zealand Cricket had announced equal match fees for its women players.



  • This means the women players will now get Rs 15 lakh per Test match, Rs 6 lakh for a One-Day International (ODI), and Rs 3 lakh for a T20 International.
    • Till now, they were paid Rs 1 lakh for a white-ball match, and Rs 4 lakh for a Test.
  • However, the annual retainership for women cricketers remains the same — Rs 50 lakh for Grade A, Rs 30 lakh for Grade B and Rs 10 lakh for Grade C.
    • The men, who play more games, are paid Rs 1-7 crore, depending on their grade.


About the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

  • BCCI is the central body that governs over Indian Cricket. The board was founded in the year 1928 with 6 regional cricket associations as its first members.
    • Today it has 30 full-time members, and is worth Rs 3,308 crore.
  • It was established with a vision to control and develop the sport of Cricket in India.
  • The BCCI headquarters are located in the famous Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.


Role Of BCCI

  • The role of BCCI is to regulate and overlook the growth and development of everything related to Indian Cricket.
  • The cricket board has set rules and regulations in its constitution that behave as guidelines for the National team.
    • The board decides where the national team will play and with whom.
    • It looks over the development of the national team and youth teams.
    • It controls the IPL and various domestic competitions like the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, and Challenger series are conducted by state associations in consultation with the BCCI.
  • Another role of BCCI is the granting of media rights and sponsors.


Status of BCCI

  • The BCCI is an autonomous, private organisation and does not fall under the purview of the National Sports Federation of India.
  • It is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 and hence it considers itself as a private body.