• Southern Stars celebrates wicket of Ireland's Isobel Joyce during their ICC Women's Twenty20 2016 Cricket World Cup in New Delhi, India,March 2016 (AAP)Source: AAP
Today, Cricket Australia (CA) announced a pay increase for Australia's leading women's cricketers with many set to receive six-figure salaries.

Cricket Australia
6 Apr 2016 - 1:30 PM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2016 - 2:04 PM

Australia’s top women's cricketers are set to receive substantial pay increases, earning them the "best paid" status of any Australian women's team sport.

This amounts to double CA's commitment from $2.36 million to $4.23 million. 

Many of the 2016 ICC World T20 Southern Stars players could earn over $100,000 a year. Maximum retainers for the Southern Stars will increase from $49,000 to $65,000 and match payments and tour fees will ensure earnings are above six figures. Minimum retainers for the Southern Stars will double, from $19,000 to $40,000. 

CA CEO James Sutherland said Australia's women's cricketers deserved rewards for becoming some of the most successful sportspeople in the country.  

“The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have achieved great success on the world stage, including making the recent final of the ICC World T20 and they're great role models for the next generation of Australia’s aspiring female cricketers," Sutherland said. 

“The WBBL has created a revolution with outstanding ratings that make it the most popular women’s team sport in the country. 

“We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia. Of the more than 1.2 million people of all ages currently playing cricket in Australia almost a quarter of them are women and girls. That number continues to grow rapidly. 

"We will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green," Sutherland said. 

With new WBBL retainers ranging from a minimum of $7000 to a maximum of $15,000 as well as new $11,000 Women's National Cricket League payments, domestic players are also set to benefit.  

But that's not all. Perhaps one of the biggest milestones is CA will commit $500,000 over two years to cover private health insurance costs for its women's players. 

"We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers," Sutherland said. 

But there's more! CA will also provide:  

  • Improved travel and accommodation benefits 
  • An updated pregnancy policy, in consultation with female player
  • Restrictions on weekday hours of domestic team training to support female players working or studying
  • Reduced commercial restrictions for WNCL and WBBL players in relation to major sponsors.

2016/17 CA's contracted players announced

CA's National Women’s Selection Panel today announced its list of contracted players for the 2016/17 season.

The players are:

Kristen Beams VIC 31
Alex Blackwell NSW 32
Nicole Bolton WA 27
Lauren Cheatle NSW 17
Sarah Coyte SA 25
Rene Farrell NSW 29
Holly Ferling QLD 20
Grace Harris QLD 22
Alyssa Healy NSW 26
Jess Jonassen QLD 23
Meg Lanning VIC 24
Beth Mooney QLD 22
Erin Osborne ACT 26
Ellyse Perry NSW 25
Megan Schutt SA 23
Elyse Villani WA 26