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ICC Introduces Equal Prize Money For Men’s And Women’s Teams At ICC Events

In a groundbreaking move for gender equality in cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced equal prize money for the men’s and women’s World Cups. This landmark decision was made during the ICC’s annual conference in Durban, signaling a significant step towards leveling the playing field for both genders in the sport.

The equal prize money initiative extends to the flagship ICC Men’s and Women’s World Cups and includes the U-19 World Cup. From now on, teams participating in these global events will receive the same financial rewards, regardless of gender.

ICC Chairman Greg Barclay expressed his delight over this historic moment, stating, “This is an important moment in the history of our sport, and I am delighted that men and women cricketers competing in ICC global events are now being paid equally.” This move reflects the ICC’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and promoting gender parity within the cricketing community.

ICC Introduces Equal Prize Money For Men's And Women's Teams At ICC Events

Under the new policy, men’s and women’s teams will receive equal prize money for winning each match, finishing as runners-up, and reaching the semi-finals. The decision has garnered widespread support, with many applauding the ICC’s progressive stance toward gender equality.

The significance of this change is exemplified by the prize money awarded in recent World Cup tournaments. Earlier this year, the Australian women’s team clinched the Women’s T20 World Cup and received US$1 million in prize money. In comparison, the men’s team from England, who won the men’s title in November 2022, received US$1.6 million.

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