India’s opening batsman Smriti Mandhana has caused controversy by labelling the demand of equal pay with male cricketers “unfair”. The 23-year-old said the idea of pay parity for male and female cricketers was contentious since the men’s team brings a lion’s share of the revenue.
“We need to understand that the revenue we get is through men’s cricket. The day women’s cricket starts earning revenue, I will be the first person to say that we need the same thing. But right now, we can’t say that”- Mandhana told reporters.
In an age where there is an increasing demand for female players getting an equal amount of pay, Mandhana’s comments will fuel the arguments over this debate. Under the current BCCI arrangement, India’s male cricketers are entitled to at least 14 times more pay than the highest-earning female athlete in the country.
“I don’t think any of my teammates are thinking about this [pay] gap because the only focus right now is to win matches for India, get the crowd coming in and earn revenues. That what we are aiming for,” she added.