Cricket Australia (CA) is receiving praise from all corners as they have promulgated a 'parental leave scheme' that will allow female players to stage a comeback in the competitive top-level cricket after giving birth.
The new policy entails 12 months paid parental leave to players who are starting a family and they will be given an assurance of their contract extension which will keep the doors open for them to start afresh. Also, travel support will be available to women if they are the child's primary guardian.
Australia's cricket association had been working meticulously to draft this programme from last three years and have now finally implemented the parental policy much to the delight of female cricketers. Men will also be allowed three weeks' paid leave after the birth of their child.
"(It is) a world-leading parental leave policy providing all professional players peace of mind when starting a family," Official spokesperson from CA said.
“A world-leading, player-centred policy, providing focus on the family and balance in the lives of all players.”— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) October 11, 2019
Today, Australian Cricket announces a parental leave policy to support professional cricketers’ through pregnancy, adoption and their return to play. #ASportForAll pic.twitter.com/Xt2qUBBBtj
Australia wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy was all praise about this long due scheme and said it would do a world of good to women players as they will be able to take care of their children without hampering their career.
"The policy is a game-changer for players planning for the future while providing job security," she opined.
According to the policy, during pregnancy players can switch their roles from playing to some other work that does not put stress on the body - and return once they are ready to play after medical clearance.
With Cricket Australia taking a much-needed measure, it is high time for other boards to follow suit and include a parental leave as part of players' contract.