Women's World T20: Captains Mithali Raj, Stafanie Taylor call for equal pay and perks

hidden, Mar, 26 2016
Women's World T20: Captains Mithali Raj, Stafanie Taylor call for equal pay and perks

Mohali: Ahead of their crucial group match in the ICC Women's World Twenty20, India captain Mithali Raj and her West Indian counterpart Stafanie Taylor called for equal pay and perks.

India and West Indies go into Sunday's game having lost to England. However, the West Indian women are better off having notched up two wins from three matches as against just one by India.

"As for me personally, I feel the game is the same, the rules are the same. But yes, when you see how many people turn up to see men's game because they look up at it as an entertainment package. A lot of people come to watch, so the revenue input is more than women's cricket," Mithali said when asked if women cricketers deserve equal pay package.

File photo of Mithali Raj. PTI

She added, "People are still trying to catch up with women's cricket. So, maybe down the lane, in a year or two, when women's cricket does very well and starts attracting more crowd, then I feel it deserves same (pay) or at par with men's cricket."

When the question was directed at Taylor, she said, "You have actually hit me in the head there. We would love if we get the same pay as the men because we think we are working just as hard.

Coming back to the match, Mithali said they will need to improve their batting.

"As a unit we will have to perform together. We expect better performance from the batting unit," Raj said.

She pointed out in the last two games against Pakistan and England, during crunch situations, the performance has not been upto the mark.

"We want better performance from the bowling attack also. Fielding has been good, but in patches, consistency is not there," she said.

On the other hand, Taylor said they may have lost narrowly to England in Dharamsala, but they had put the loss behind and were looking ahead to Sunday's tie.


Published Date: Mar 26, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 26, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115